23 responses

  1. k0mmissar
    February 16, 2009

    Often found duty free cigar shopping is the way to go. Good range, great prices. Hong Kong is a GOLDMINE of bargain cigars. I almost exclusively buy from there now…


  2. davidsautter
    June 9, 2009

    I also found Dubai airport very impressive in this Department, was very taken aback with their selection and I have never seen a “casa” in an airport… I am just about to do a blog about cigars in Dubai, do you have a photo by any chance?


  3. Inspector
    June 9, 2009

    Hi David,
    I’m afraid I don’t have a picture. I wonder why I didn’t take one.


  4. TNT
    December 21, 2009

    Hi Kommissar,

    I’m offen in HK.
    Where are the place to buy at a good price?


  5. Philippe
    September 30, 2010


    I am about to fly to Dubai. Could anyone tell me if there is a big price difference if one buys cigars at the duty-free Casa del Habano or the downtonwn Casa ?

    Merci beaucoup.

    Paris, France


  6. Jay7One
    September 13, 2011

    I bought 3 boxes of bolivar in Dubai duty free and I think they are fake, they dont taste right and the bolivar ribon on one side is square cut rather than rounded like the other end. Take Care !


  7. K75NJ
    March 13, 2012

    I agree Dubai has a great selection of cigars but the workers don’t know much about them. Just do your research and enjoy. They are real cigars, the UAE does not fool around and probably have enough money to buy Cuba if they wanted too.


  8. immortal
    January 19, 2013

    Can yu please suggest cheap but good cigars to buy in dubai duty free


  9. Cigarfan
    January 23, 2013

    Cheap but very good cigars are Partagas serie D numero 4. There one of my favourites. By the way if you ever go to Spain you can get very nice Rafael Gonzales panatelas handmade havanas at around 30 euros for 25. I haven’t been able to find these in Dubai airport though. If you’re in London have a look in Selfridges I was very surprised at the good value of their humidors . I bought a large cabinet humidor inlaid with good quality wood there with seven shelves for 295 GBP and I don’t think that was a sale price. There are good humidors in Dubai but much more expensive. If you ask nicely at Dubai duty free they might give you free gifts too like cigar cutters and they have miniature maintenance free humidified pouches too


  10. wetodit
    April 28, 2013

    I had been buying cuban cigars in Dubai duty free shop for several years and had been pleased by the wide selection and great prices until recently when I bought a big box (50 psc) of my favourite Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial which turned out to be fake:( The taste is nowhere near of the original ones. This has never happened to me before. So I would suggest taking close inspection of the contents of the box you would like to buy – the quality of the wrapper leaves and how the internal leaves are wrapped looking at the end.


  11. WorldTraveller
    August 28, 2014

    I buy Cigars everytime I pass through Dubai as prices much lower than UK. So far not had any bad cigars. Only critism I have is that they never seem to have any Limited Editions ?.


  12. Rakesh Oberoi
    September 28, 2014

    Hi Friends,

    I have been buying cuban cigars from Dubai Duty free but off late I found better non cuban cigars like Rocky Patel being sold in USA which unfortunately are not availabe in Dubai Duty Free . I wish I these people sell non cubans like rocky, oliva, padron.


  13. Adriaan van Aarde
    October 26, 2014

    Living in Dubai I always make a trip to Duty Free when traveling. On my last travel I walked into the cigar area and it was like a tropical jungle with all the humidity. When I got home I found mold growing on the cigars purchased. It was a bit of a disappointment but won’t stop me visiting again. Only this time I check the cigars before purchasing.


  14. Kareem
    August 25, 2015

    Visited LCDH DBX last week and i was shocked and horrified of the condition cigars were kept at. The shop’s temperature and humidity is far from optimal. You need to open the box before buying one and check the quality of the sticks. I opened 2 of the 3-pack and cigars were dry and soulless.


  15. Howard Salter
    March 8, 2016

    I read one of your comments about fake cigars at Dubai airport. I’ve been smoking cigars for about 50 years and buying a 100 cigars at the duty free shop for about 20 years my regular cigars are Bolivars. I have never had any reason to suspect a counterfeit. I like to think I know my cigars. Perhaps I’ve just been lucky, but I doubt it.


  16. Invisiblekid
    July 6, 2016

    Thanks for the advise and comments guys. I am soon going to travel to Dubai and onto Mauritius for my honeymoon! I am also thinking of buying (and smoking) my 1st cigar from the duty free! Don’t mind spending a reasonable amount but any advice? Think I’d like a complex taste but with some sweetness.

    Was hoping on getting some advice from the shops but I guess not.


  17. Phippa
    August 5, 2016

    Hey Guys – Flying through Dubai in a few weeks. 3hr stopover on the way to Italy and 4hrs on the way back home to Oz. Any advice and info on prices etc would be great before I get there. Looking at singles heading to Italy and a box or two on the way home


  18. Joseph
    February 13, 2017

    Does anyone know if you can buy cigar singles at the Dubai Airport? Thanks!


  19. invisiblekid
    February 13, 2017


    Certainly compared to the UK they were cheaper. EG, Siglo IV were $74 for 3 pack tubes. £84 ish in UK. Just make sure you buy in local currency (Dirhams). If not you get a crappy exchange rate.

    @Joseph. I did not look specifically for singles much, but think there were quite a few. Much also THINK they were mainly expensive ones. Sorry cannot say any better than that.

    Can say, they had a reasonable sized climate controlled room and zero help/advice.


  20. Howard salter
    June 24, 2017

    I refer to a note I sent you in March 2016. I had been reading reports of fake Cuban cigars purchased at Dubai airport. I stated that as a cigar smoker of 50 years I had never purchased fake cigars at Dubai airport. However, the strangest thing has happened. I have just finished smoking a box of 25 Bolivar cigars purchased at Dubai airport and five of them are fake. As an experienced cigar smoker there is no doubt about this. Although the wrapper is as it should be rather than leaf the cigar has just been filled with bits and pieces. I immediately noticed when I held the cigar in my hand and it was so very soft. I shall inform the authorities in Dubai of my finding.


  21. Amr Hossam
    October 9, 2017

    A friend of mine coming soon from Dubai I’m gonna ask for some cigar packs of 3 or 5. I’m a beginner tried Cohiba siglo 6 (mostly was fake one however it was nice smoke) , montecristo no.2 , and Romeo y Julieta Chrchill. what are reasonably priced cigars available at Dubai duty free? wanna try Oliva or Padron , could those be found there? any other recommendations?


  22. Howard Salter
    October 14, 2017

    Regarding your posts about Dubai Duty free. I have been going there for the last23 years. Everything used to be fine. How things have changed. The cheaper cigars at the airport are genuine. However over the last few years I have often picked up a box of fake Bolivars. I no longer buy from the airport. I wrote to them some months ago complaining about there fake cigars. Hope I don’t get arrested on my next visit.


  23. Khan sharjeel
    October 16, 2017

    Can anybody tell me the exact price for cohiba siglo 6 25cigar box in Dubai duty free


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