Desert Reads to Inspire You To Find Your Next Adventure

Jun 26, 2024

As the summer heat winds down and we prepare to welcome you back to the Arabian Nights Resort & Spa, we invite you to embark on a literary journey that captures the spirit of the desert and fuels your wanderlust. Whether you're lounging by our serene oasis or nestled in your home, these books will transport you to the enchanting sands of the Wahiba Sands and beyond. Here's a curated list of must-read books that celebrate the beauty, mystery, and adventure of the desert.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Set against the backdrop of World War II, this hauntingly beautiful novel weaves the stories of four diverse characters who find solace and connection in an Italian villa. The desert scenes, vividly described, reflect the vastness and timeless allure of the Sahara, making it a perfect read to immerse yourself in the desert’s mystique.

Dune by Frank Herbert
A science fiction masterpiece, "Dune" transports readers to the arid planet of Arrakis, a world of sand dunes, spice, and political intrigue. Herbert’s detailed world-building and exploration of survival and power in a harsh desert landscape will captivate your imagination and deepen your appreciation for the desert’s rugged beauty.

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
This classic memoir chronicles Abbey's experiences as a park ranger in the American Southwest. Through his poetic and passionate prose, Abbey captures the raw and untouched beauty of the desert, advocating for its preservation and celebrating its profound impact on the human spirit.

Tracks by Robyn Davidson
"Tracks" is the true story of Robyn Davidson’s remarkable journey across 1,700 miles of Australian desert with only her dog and four camels for company. Her tale of solitude, resilience, and self-discovery amidst the vast and unforgiving desert landscape is both inspiring and enlightening.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This international bestseller follows the journey of Santiago, a young shepherd who dreams of finding treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. Coelho’s allegorical tale is rich with spiritual insights and vivid descriptions of the desert, reminding readers that the pursuit of one’s dreams often leads to the most unexpected and rewarding places.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
A classic in travel literature, "Arabian Sands" recounts Thesiger’s journeys through the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, one of the most inhospitable deserts in the world. His deep respect for the Bedouin people and his vivid descriptions of the harsh yet stunning landscape make this an essential read for anyone interested in the Arabian deserts.

My Journey to Oman by Samantha Jay
A personal travel memoir, "My Journey to Oman" details the author’s experiences exploring the deserts and cultural landmarks of Oman. Jay’s evocative writing and vivid descriptions provide an intimate look at the country’s beauty and the warmth of its people.

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
This novel tells the story of an American couple and their friend as they journey deeper into the North African desert. Bowles’ stark and evocative prose captures the alien beauty and existential challenges of the desert, making it a compelling read for those drawn to the enigmatic allure of vast, open landscapes.

Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach
Gertrude Bell’s life story is a testament to the adventurous spirit and intellectual prowess of this pioneering woman. As an explorer, archaeologist, and diplomat, Bell’s journeys through the Middle East and her significant contributions to the region’s history are beautifully recounted in this biography.

At Arabian Nights Resort & Spa, we believe that a great book can be the perfect companion to your desert escape. As you immerse yourself in these stories, we hope you find inspiration, adventure, and a deeper connection to the majestic landscapes that surround you here in the Wahiba Sands. Whether you're relaxing in our luxurious spa or exploring the dunes, let these literary treasures enhance your journey and kindle your wanderlust.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Until then, happy reading and dreaming of your next desert adventure!