Virtuozity - - Publisher's Note - Pa­trick Brais Pub­lisher pub­lisher@vir­tuoz­ity.com Fol­low our daily im­ages on In­sta­gram: vir­tuoz­i­ty_­mag

THERE’S SOME­THING VERY spe­cial about spend­ing time in Cuba. The Latin-amer­i­can county is full of charm thanks to its colour­ful colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture and never-end­ing pa­rade of clas­sic cars. It is also home to some of the finest cigar brands in the world, which is why we sim­ply could not miss the famed Ha­bano Fes­ti­val.

Dur­ing that week in Ha­vana we were shown the art of rolling, given tours of the fac­to­ries and plan­ta­tions, and of course handed the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple the lat­est re­leases from Habanos. All of which you can read about from page 44 as we round up events from the 19th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val.

Soon af­ter re­turn­ing from Cuba we were able to make the most of the warmer weather in the Mid­dle East with an event at Ma­rina So­cial. With breath­tak­ing views of Dubai Ma­rina there are few bet­ter spots to en­joy a good smoke. And what’s more, the cho­sen cigars were ex­pertly paired with choice cuts of beef and the finest whiskey.

For­tu­nately, the weather also re­mained fair for the 25th edi­tion of the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. We were on hand to speak to Gulf Craft about their lat­est re­leases and learn more about how their stun­ning yachts are hand­crafted at their fa­cil­ity in Umm al-quwain. We were also in­vited on-board the mag­nif­i­cent 77 me­tre Sil­ver­fast - the largest ves­sel on show in Dubai - which you can read about on page 78.

Else­where, we’ve delved into the world of the se­cret agent by vis­it­ing the James Bond ex­hi­bi­tion at the Burj Khal­ifa (page 18) and felt just like 007 him­self by test driv­ing the new As­ton Martin DB11 on home turf in Eng­land (page 80). We also sam­pled is­land life in the Mid­dle East by vis­it­ing the ul­tra lux­u­ri­ous Zaya ho­tel which is lo­cated on Nu­rai Is­land in Abu Dhabi (page 70).

It’s cer­tainly been a busy few months and de­spite the fact that sum­mer is fast ap­proach­ing, we won’t be slow­ing down.

There is still plenty to en­joy across the Mid­dle East, so un­til next time, happy smok­ing.

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