Dubai: Organisers have confirmed that courtside and DMCC Royal Box ticket-holders for the Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend celebrity basketball game, presented by DMCC, will have a chance to meet the American basketball legend at the pre-game reception on September 27.

Organisers Maven Marketing & Events confirmed that Bryant will be attending the pre-game reception at the American University in Dubai (AUD). The reception will be held 90 minutes prior to the start of the highly-anticipated celebrity basketball game between Bryant’s Team Black Mamba and the Real Madrid Basketball Legends.

The DMCC Royal Box tickets have been sold out within a week of going on sale and only a handful of courtside tickets priced at Dhs5,000, are still available. In addition to getting to mingle with Bryant and the celebrity game players, the price tag comes with a host of benefits for the lucky fans quick enough to purchase them before they sell out. The premium tickets include access to the post-game autograph signing session by the Real Madrid basketball legends team immediately following the game; and a backpack, courtesy of Nike.

Nike is a global sponsor of Bryant’s and is supporting the basketball superstar’s first appearance in the Middle East.

The weekend that is presented by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) comprises of activities spread over two days. A youth basketball clinic will be held in Abu Dhabi on September 26 followed by the celebrity basketball game the following day at the AUD.

Tickets went on sale last week at and further information is available on the official website: The event is also supported by GEMS Education in association with the Dubai Diabetes Association; Boston Diabetes Centre; Imperial College of London Diabetes Centre’s public health awareness campaign, Diabetes-Knowledge-Action; Expo 2020; General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare; Sport is a Lifestyle campaign, Dubai Calendar; Duplays; and Dubai Sports Council.

The official media partners are Virgin Radio Dubai, Gulf News and Sports Talk magazine, while Kempinski Hotels is the official hotel and American University in Dubai is the official venue.