The NBA has announced that the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks will play two preseason games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ahead of next season. The games will take place on October 6 and October 8, 2022.
These two games will be the first in Abu Dhabi, as all as the first NBA games in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf. The NBA had previously announced plans to return to playing international games in coming seasons.
It's expected that the league will eventually return to playing in Europe, with games also possible in Eastern Asia and possibly Australia. The NBA has also made it known they would like to expand to play more games in Latin America and South America. The San Antonio Spurs recently reached an agreement to play additional "home" games away from San Antonio, and this will likely include games in Mexico.