ADVentura Cigars are now available in Dubai, as the company has announced a distribution agreement with The Leaf Master Tobacco Trading Co.

“In efforts to realise a connection made back 2019, both The Leaf Master Trading and ADVentura have persevered through multiple obstacles with grace and determination to secure a strategic partnership,” said Marcel Knobel, co-founder of ADV & McKay Cigars Co. S.R.L., via a press release. “We do our best to align ourselves with those that value each step from soil to soul, and the art of premium cigar production.”

ADVentura is the result of a cooperation between Knobel and Henderson Ventura of Tabacalera William Ventura, which is based in the Dominican Republic. While Knobel initially sought out Ventura to create a house blend for his retail store in Switzerland, that relationship soon grew into a partnership known as ADV & McKay. The pair is best known for their ADVentura cigar lines, which tell the fictional tale of an adventurer.

“We are very serious about being a boutique brand and upholding the standards with each of the 152 steps it takes to create a single cigar,” said Ventura. “With ADV, pillars of consumer education on what they are smoking, and why, we are grateful for each partner that believes in what we do and why, to create the perfect smoke.”

According to a press release, The Leaf Master distributes more than 40 brands and 700 SKUs of premium new world cigars in the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on bringing cigars from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico into its region.

“It is no doubt a true pleasure to be working with the ADVentura team,” said Ra’ed Saqfelhait, partner at TLM. “Those quality cigars with an amazing flavor and aroma profiles and unique story and packaging are indeed a valuable addition to the growing selection of premium new world cigars carried by The Leaf Master.”

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.