Basketball Without Borders Asia is coming to the UAE for the first time ever


Scheduled from 2-5 June in Abu Dhabi, the NYUAD campus will see the best of talent engage in spirited matches

Abu Dhabi continues to cement its position as a global sporting hub, this time bringing a new first to the emirate.

This time, it’s with the 13th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia coming to the UAE for the first time ever! Catch the exciting match from 2-5 June at the New York University campus in Abu Dhabi.

The announcement was made by National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

In addition to being a first for the UAE, this also marks the first time the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in the Arabian Gulf.

BWB Asia 2023 will bring together the top male and female players ages 18 and under from across Asia to learn directly from current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches and compete alongside their peers from the region.

The campers and coaches, who will be announced prior to the camp, will also take part in life skills, leadership development and NBA Cares programming.

Alongside BWB Asia 2023, a Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi Elite Camp will also be held at the NYUAD campus from 2-4 June. The camp will bring together 40 of the top boys and girls ages 15 and under from the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League to participate in fundamental skill development and 5-on-5 competition.

BWB Asia 2023 and the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi Elite Camp are part of a multiyear collaboration between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi that will feature the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves playing two preseason games on 5 and 7 October at Etihad Arena on Yas Island as part of The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023.

Fans can also expect a bunch of interactions with current and former NBA players, a series of NBA FIT clinics promoting health and wellness, and an NBA 2K League exhibition event.

Stay tuned for more information!



2-5 June


NYUAD campus


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Caroline D’Almeida

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