NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have joined hands to bring the league’s games to the Middle East for the first time. The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 will see the Atlanta Hawks and the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks play two pre-season games at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The games are scheduled for Thursday, October 6, and Saturday, October 8, 2022. ​


The NBA Abu Dhabi Games are part of a groundbreaking multi-year partnership between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi, which also includes a variety of interactive fan events featuring appearances by current and former NBA players, a series of NBA FIT Clinics promoting health and wellness as well as an NBA 2K League exhibition.

Scheduled to visit the UAE capital during the games is four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, who, in his role as ambassador for the 2022 NBA Abu Dhabi Games, will participate in youth development programmes and interact with basketball fans during the week of the games.

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