A videograb shows Burj Khalifa displaying the logo of the historic event.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Celebration of the official countdown to The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022, the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) – Abu Dhabi and the National Basketball Association (NBA) displayed a larger-than-life projection on the side of the iconic Burj Khalifa on Friday.
Hundreds of excited spectators looked on as the logo of the historic event was displayed on the skyscraper’s façade, accompanied by a stunning light show.
A countdown clock was briefly displayed with eye-catching lights beamed onto the landmark structure, creating yet another milestone in the history of one of the most popular sports leagues in the world.
The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 will feature the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks playing two preseason games at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct.8 at 8:00 pm GST, marking the league’s first games in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf. The games are part of a groundbreaking multiyear collaboration between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi.
“NBA District”, an immersive, interactive fan event in conjunction with The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022, will be held at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi from Wednesday, Oct.5 – Sunday, Oct.9. Ideal for both those attending the games and visiting the region, NBA District will showcase the music, media and art associated with NBA culture.
Fans will be able to engage with NBA personalities from around the world, watch authentic NBA game entertainment, enjoy hands-on basketball activities, and purchase limited-edition NBA merchandise.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) on Tuesday announced that the Atlanta Hawks and the 2021 NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks will play two pre-season games in October.
As an ambassador for this week’s NBA Abu Dhabi Games, the former Orlando Magic and LA Lakers star is visiting the UAE capital for the first time and is clearly impressed by what the city has to offer revealing he is considering laying down roots.
Star man Trae Young made his mark on Abu Dhabi, finishing with 31 points on Saturday to secure a morale-boosting win for the team as both sides now head back to the US to continue preparations for the new season.
Team Malaky had the early lead with goals from Khalifa Al Maktoum and Alex Soerensen. Allegra Kelly, the game's Most Valuable Player, scored two consecutive goals at the next chukker resulting in a win for Team Forsan.
The 25th edition of the annual $100,000 (Dhs 367,000) competition started off with qualifying round matches on Sunday, while the main round matches will get under way from Monday (December 5).
The first-day of the two-day festival welcomed fierce competition with elite athletes from both categories each conquering a number of challenging obstacles, including A-Frame Cargo, Atlas Carry and Ape Hanger.