The league announced Tuesday that the first NBA game in the United Arab Emirates will take place in the next preseason.
The NBA and Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism have agreed on a multi-year partnership starting next year’s two pre-season contests.
The two exhibitions will be held in Abu Dhabi in October 2022. Participating NBA teams and venues will be announced at a later date.
“Organizing NBA and NBA 2K League matches and events in Abu Dhabi is based on our commitment to growing basketball around the world,” said Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. increase. “Through this partnership, we will support the development of basketball in the region by providing UAE fans with a genuine NBA experience and increasing opportunities for young boys and girls to learn and play the game.”
This isn’t the first time an NBA game has been played in the Middle East. The four NBA teams have played against Israeli professional clubs in six exhibition games so far in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The NBA currently has seven players from the Middle East-Turkey Alperen Shenggun (((Houston Rockets), Cedi Osman (((Cleveland Cavaliers), Enes Kanter (((Boston Celtics), Furkan Korkmaz (((Philadelphia 76ers) When Omer Yurtseven (((Miami heat), Israel Deni Avdija (((Washington Wizards) And Abdel Nader in Egypt (Phoenix Suns).
The new partnership includes the appearance of former and current NBA players in interactive fan events, the launch of the Junior NBA League for Boys and Girls at UAE-wide schools, the NBA FIT Clinic to promote health and wellness, and the NBA 2K. Also includes league exhibition events.
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