Jan 17, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is guarded by Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20), guard Trae Young (11), and forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks to Play in NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022

Bucks to take on Atlanta Hawks in two preseason games at Etihad Arena in United Arab Emirates capital city on Oct. 6 and 8

-- First NBA games to take place in UAE and the Arabian Gulf --

The Milwaukee Bucks will play two preseason games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Atlanta Hawks at Etihad Arena as part of the NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022, the NBA announced today. The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 will mark the league’s first games held in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf.

“We are honored to have been selected to participate in the NBA’s first games in the United Arab Emirates,” said Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin. “As the NBA continues to expand globally, we look forward to visiting Abu Dhabi and furthering the league’s goals of inspiring people through basketball. We will be proud to represent our city, our state and Bucks fans worldwide this October.”

The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 will be the second time in three years the Bucks will play a game outside of the United States and Canada. In 2020, the Bucks took part in the NBA’s first regular season game in Paris, defeating the Charlotte Hornets at AccorHotels Arena on Jan. 24.

The Bucks complete 2022 preseason schedule will be announced at a later date.