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Having a ball at Expo: UAE men’s national basketball team teaches young players to hone their skills

DUBAI, 4 December 2021 – For once, the UAE men’s national basketball team did not have to worry about possession as they taught young aspiring players how to improve their skills at the Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub at Expo 2020 Dubai on Saturday.

The fun evening was packed with basketball-themed events, such as a ‘Come and Play’ session with the UAE national team players, a ‘Mid-Court Shot Challenge’ contest for adults, and a ‘Free Throw Contest’ for kids, with great prizes up for grabs and several joint matches between professional and amateur players of all ages.

DUBAI, 04 December 2021. Members of the UAE Basketball Team and a child pose at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Isaac Lawrence/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Dr Mounir bin Al Habib, coach of the national team and technical director of the UAE Basketball Association, said: “We are here to promote Expo 2020 through basketball, and also to entertain visitors and popularise the game. And we have come to celebrate the UAE’s 50th National Day, which makes it a double celebration. We are very excited to be here.”


Captain Mohamed Abdel Latif said: “We were feeling a little tired from our tours, but when we arrived at the Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub at Expo 2020 Dubai, we felt great, as our energy was renewed by the beautiful atmosphere, and the kids who love the game. We played basketball games just for fun, especially with the kids, where we tried to teach them skills and helped them improve. Everyone had great fun.”