Calling all sports lovers – Abu Dhabi is the destination for you this winter! From NBA games to UFC and more, you can enjoy some of the world’s greatest sporting events, all in one place. Watch your favourite athletes on the court or the world’s top racers in the thrilling F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Check out some fantastic sporting events coming to Abu Dhabi this winter that should be on every sports fan’s must-see bucket list.


NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023

The NBA Abu Dhabi Games is returning to Yas Island this winter, after making history with the first-ever event in 2022. Come and check out your favourite basketball players on the court and take advantage of NBA legend meet-and-greets, behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive access you won’t find anywhere else. This is the ultimate experience for all basketball lovers.

Abu Dhabi Showdown Week 2023 | UFC 294

UFC’s Abu Dhabi Showdown Week is back for its fifth year in the iconic Etihad Arena. UFC fanatics can enjoy an impressive line-up of world-class fighters, thrilling matches, and an electric atmosphere, keeping everyone in suspense. This is your chance to connect with other UFC fans and lose yourself in the world of mixed martial arts. This event is not to be missed this winter.


Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The iconic Formula 1 finale is back and will return to Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island with over 58 laps of the thrilling 5.3 km track. Take a seat and be at the forefront of the greatest finale of the season. Formula 1 fanatics will be able to witness first-hand the talent of the world’s greatest drivers, ranging from Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen. It’s so much more than just one race – the weekend is packed full of countless activities around the track, including after-race concerts by global music icons. This event is one for the books this winter.


World Supercross GP Abu Dhabi

Calling all thrill seekers! This November, Ethara is bringing to Abu Dhabi the first-ever world supercross event held in the Middle East. Yas Island’s iconic Etihad arena is hosting the WSX Abu Dhabi GP adrenaline-packed race season, with thrilling events packed with epic pyrotechnics and heart stopping action for all fans. Don’t miss the dirt battleground meeting the sandy dunes of the Middle East for the first time.


Spartan World Championships

This December the Abu Dhabi Sports Council will host the third edition of the Spartan World Championship in Al Wathba desert. Come on down to the global sporting event of the year, which hosts more than 5,000 elite athlete competitors from all over the world. Release your inner Spartan this winter and enjoy an action-packed sporting event in Abu Dhabi.


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