There are more Basketball courts than you think across Abu Dhabi.
Basketball is a common scene throughout Abu Dhabi these days as the excitement builds for the upcoming NBA clashes between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks at the Etihad Arena on 6 and 8 October.
And while you may not be able to repeat the drama or the gravity-defying plays of these mighty basketball athletes, Abu Dhabi provides plenty of courts where you can try.
AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT
Players are taken back to the roots of basketball with Al Forsan International Sports Resort’s street-styled basketball courts. Perfect for ballers who prefer the traditional arena of the game, you can demonstrate your dunking abilities in front of spectators thanks to courtside bleachers. And when the full-time whistle blows, treat yourself to a delicious meal at Kishi or Como.
For more information visit alforsan.com
ABU DHABI CRICKET & SPORTS HUB
The home of cricket in Abu Dhabi sees you swap a small red Dukes ball for the big orange Wilson ball at the mega sporting facility in Khalifa City. Hosting numerous basketball courts, you and your friends can showcase your skills in the shadow of the impressive Zayed Cricket Stadium. But if you fancy some formal competition, you can sign up for the Jump Sports Academies league where you can test yourself against the best Abu Dhabi has to offer.
For more information visit abudhabicricket.ae
ZAYED SPORTS CITY
One of Abu Dhabi’s great sporting institutions is also a superb purveyor of the sport. Offering players a choice of 3v3 matchups, a chance to hone new techniques or just a bit of fun shooting some hoops, the basketball courts are soft surfaces meaning there are no worries if there is a bit of rough and tumble once tip-off time comes.
For more information visit zsc.ae
ACTIVE AL MARYAH
If you are a newcomer to basketball then Active Al Maryah is the ideal location to learn how to dribble, shoot and dunk your way to success. Teaming up with ADIB Academy Sports Services, wannabe ballers will be able to master the court through training sessions, organised tournaments or simply a game with their fellow basketball friends.
For more information visit activealmaryah.ae
This basketball court on Hudayriyat Island sees you take to the court inside a cloud. With courts set inside an air-conditioned inflatable dome, players can turn up the heat on the court while staying cool from the summer temperatures. But when the weather becomes more generous towards al fresco basketball action, 321 Sports will also cater to your basketball needs with several outdoor courts.
For more information visit hudayriyatisland.ae
These courts set inside the idyllic Khalifa Park may not offer many frills, but they are an excellent place to enjoy a good old-fashioned game of one-on-one. Simply bring a ball and attitude and you are set for a brilliant time.
For more information visit khalifapark.wixsite.com
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