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The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023 Presented by ADQ will see the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves go head-to-head in two pre-season games on 5 and 7 October at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Don’t miss the slam-dunking action as the Mavericks, currently featuring four-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA First Team member Luka Dončic, face off with the Timberwolves and their three-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA Third Team member Karl-Anthony Towns.

NBA Fan Appreciation Day in Abu Dhabi

The very first “NBA Fan Appreciation Day” comes to Abu Dhabi on Friday, Oct. 6 from 4:30 p.m. GST at Etihad Arena.   
The unique fan experience will feature appearances by Mavericks and Timberwolves players and NBA legends including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kenny Smith.  The eventful 90 minutes will feature a skills challenge, a three-point contest, a slam dunk contest and signature NBA entertainment.

NBA District

The popular NBA District will return to Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, from 5 to 8 October, allowing fans to meet NBA All-Stars, take part in basketball activities on a full size NBA court, watch NBA highlights and programming, take a photo with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, purchase limited-edition NBA merchandise, and more.

Meet the teams

Dallas Mavericks

Meet the teams

Minnesota Timberwolves


NBA and DCT partnership

The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023 are part of a groundbreaking multi-year partnership between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi. The partnership also includes a variety of interactive fan events featuring appearances by current and former NBA players.

The partnership also sees DCT Abu Dhabi, under “Experience Abu Dhabi”, the tourism promotion initiative of the UAE’s capital city, serve as the Official Tourism Destination Partner of the NBA in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and China.

Abu Dhabi welcomes you

Leader in hosting world-class sporting events

Abu Dhabi has consistently demonstrated its capabilities in hosting world-class sporting events. Pioneering initiatives such as DCT Abu Dhabi’s “Go Safe Certification” highlight the city’s unwavering commitment to the community and visitors’ health and safety, while enabling it to continue to hold the best of live sporting events. Explore more about Abu Dhabi here.