WITH SNOW IN THE
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.