Famous Celebrities and Personalities Flock to NBA Game in Abu Dhabi

  • Publish date: Monday، 09 October 2023 Last update: Friday، 13 October 2023
Famous Celebrities and Personalities Flock to NBA Game in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi recently played host to an unforgettable night of NBA action at the Etihad Arena. As the NBA's presence continues to flourish in the capital, the game drew an impressive lineup of celebrities and legends to witness the thrilling event.

From Hollywood to the music industry, famous faces were abundant at last night's NBA game. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan, seated in the front row, was a notable presence. Not only did he watch the games, but he also showcased his skills by participating in a shooting contest against Timberwolves star Kyrie Irving during Fan Appreciation Day and he won.

Actor Michael B Jordan with Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, during a pre-season game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks at Etihad Arena. All photos: Chris Whiteoak / The National, unless mentioned otherwise

Joining Jordan courtside was rapper DaBaby, seen next to the ever-entertaining comedian Steve Harvey. Rappers Lloyd Banks and T-Pain added to the star-studded audience.

Steve Harvey chats with former NBA player Gary Payton, right, during the first game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks

Bollywood sensation Ranveer Singh, the NBA's Indian brand ambassador and an Experience Abu Dhabi brand ambassador, made a return visit for the second consecutive year to enjoy the games.

The celebrity roster didn't end with actors and musicians. Renowned former footballers graced the Etihad Arena, including Brazil's Ronaldo, Italy's Alessandro Del Piero, and France's Patrice Evra, who even sported a tan-colored kandura for the occasion.

Former Brazilian football star Ronaldo and his wife sitting courtside

Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio, American model and socialite Jordyn Woods, and Chinese model Ming Xi and her husband Mario Ho enjoyed courtside seats. Beauty and makeup mogul Mona Kattan couldn't contain her excitement as she was announced on the big screen.

The entertainment didn't stop with the game itself. AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys made a surprise appearance, leading the crowd in sing-alongs of "I Want It That Way" during breaks in play.

The event also celebrated the presence of NBA legends, with an impressive lineup featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen, Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway Sr, Shawn Marion, Sam Perkins, and Kenny Smith.

Former NBA players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, right, and Sam Perkins, left

Lebanese songstresses Maya Diab and Elissa added a touch of glamour to the evening as they gracefully entered the arena, turning heads with their impeccable style.

The night ended with the Minnesota Timberwolves securing a 104-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, providing an exciting conclusion to an evening filled with star power and memorable moments. Abu Dhabi continues to shine as a global destination for top-notch entertainment and sporting events, cementing its status as a city that attracts the world's brightest stars.

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