Fans all over the world have been ecstatic by the recent news of Kobe Bryant’s expected return to Basketball this season, with fans in the Middle East anticipating his upcoming Dubai visit.
Last week, the LA Lakers basketball player announced he will be fit and ready to play by August, which provoked excitement all over the world.
UAE fans can expect him to arrive in the Gulf on Sept. 26 for his new event, a Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend.
There was a flurry of attention on Twitter after Bryant’s doctor and ESPN host, Dr. Robert Klapper, tweeted on July 11: “We will see him at Game 1 [of the season].”
The tweet trended on Twitter as fans were keen to welcome back the basketball player. Bryant has not appeared on the court since he tore his Achilles tendon on April 12 during a game, causing initial confusion over whether his injury would prevent his visit to the UAE.
Bryant will be occupied with several sporting and educational events during his visit.
With the support of the UAE’s Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak al-Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development and Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Kobe’s visit will be held in support of diabetes awareness in the UAE.
Bryant will conduct a coaching camp for a group of young people at the weekend event, which will provide basketball training followed by a visit to the American University in Dubai for a celebrity basketball game.
The celebrity game will host athletes, musicians, and Bollywood stars as well as both local and international celebrities, with the presence of influential UAE leaders.
Activities will include a slam-dunk competition, and a showcase of his ball-handling and shooting skills.
The basketball player posted last month on his Facebook page: “I’m looking forward to going to Abu Dhabi and Dubai this September for the ‘Kobe Ultimate Fantasy Weekend’ presented by Maven Marketing & Events, in support of diabetes awareness.”
The closest Kobe has come to this region was when he visited Turkey late last year to appear in an advertisement with football celebrity Lionel Messi, which accumulated over 104 million YouTube views.