WITH SNOW IN THE

Virtuozity - - Publisher's Note - Pa­trick Brais Pub­lisher pub­lisher@vir­tuoz­ity.com

moun­tains and rain across the GCC, you could hardly de­scribe the start of 2017 as con­ven­tional for the Gulf re­gion. The weather has taken a hit on a range of events, from mo­tor­sport to mu­sic fes­ti­vals. But in the cigar world it’s busi­ness as usual as we con­tinue to hold our sig­na­ture events and tast­ing ses­sions for our club mem­bers. In fact, the cooler cli­mate al­lows us to en­joy a nice smoke on a lounge balcony, wrapped up in the nov­elty of a jacket or jumper.

But it’s not all about the Gulf. Vir­tuoz­ity has been busy over­seas too. From the won­der­ful shores of Mau­ri­tius’ In­dian Ocean coast for a top ho­tel re­view to the ex­clu­sive parties of the fa­mous Nicaragua Fes­ti­val, we’ve been rack­ing up the air­miles to bring them all to you. Closer to home, there’s the Lam­borgh­ini ex­pe­ri­ence in Bahrain and a cou­ple of nights of to­tal lux­ury at the Ritz-carl­ton in Dubai’s fash­ion­able Ma­rina district. This haven of tran­quil­lity right in the heart of one of Dubai’s busiest areas should be on ev­ery vis­i­tor’s ‘to do list’. But for ul­ti­mate glam­our there’s Sun­seeker’s lat­est 95 and a pre­view of the stun­ning 118 apart­ment com­plex in down­town Dubai. Prices start from US$6.8 mil­lion, so it’s not for the faint hearted. For cigar lovers Si­mon Chase lists his top ten Ha­vanas. If you’re thinking of adding a se­lec­tion of these to your hu­mi­dor, then his premier league of smokes is a handy guide to the finest Cuba has to of­fer. We also sit down with Mo­hammed Mo­hebi, one of the re­gion’s key play­ers in the to­bacco in­dus­try about his love af­fair with cigars and his ever-ex­pand­ing busi­ness em­pire. Just in case that’s not enough lux­ury for you, we also drive the Lexus LX 570, the Porsche Panam­era, take a look at the stun­ning watches from A. Lange and Söhne, and find out all about per­son­alised, wear­able auto tech with Sen­tu­rion key. In the mean­time, let’s see if the sun will re­turn for some wel­come winter rays.

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