Books & Films about Oman

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So as to set the scene, we recommend watching a film or two before you travel to Oman. We also recommend taking a book or two to read whilst you travel, to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the country. Below you will find a list of books, films and TV programmes which we have found both informative and entertaining and we hope you will too.

Books about Oman:

  • Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
  • Sultan in Oman by Jan Morris
  • Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition by Hussein Ghubash
  • Atlantis of the Sands by Ranulph Fiennes
  • The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands by Nicholas Clapp
  • Arabian Destiny by Edward Henerson
  • The Sinbad Voyage by Tim Severin
  • In the Service of the Sultan by Ian Gardiner
  • Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State by Marc Valeri
  • Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey into the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

Guide books for Oman:

  • The Rough Guide to Oman by Rough Guides
  • Oman Off-Road by Explorer Publishing
  • Oman Trekking by Explorer Publishing
  • Bird-watching in Oman by Dave E Sargeant, Hanne Eriksen & Jens Eriksen
  • Oman’s Geological Heritage by Michael Hughes Clarke

Films & documentaries about Oman:

  • Blood Desert (2014)
  • Al Boom (2007)
  • Pirates Blood (2008)
  • Operation Oman (2015) – documentary available on Amazon

Films shot in Oman:

  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Killer Elite (2011)
  • Personal Shopper (2016)