Trekking Iran’s Lut desert: a wild, remote adventure – in pictures

Iran’s Dasht-e Lut with its giant dunes, salt plains and kaluts provides an epic journey of breathtaking beauty and wilderness, as seen in these images from a 15-day trek with Secret Compass

Kuwait: A Desert on Fire, by Sebastião Salgado

As Iraq’s oilfields burn as retreating Isis forces set them on fire, Sebastião Salgado has published a book of his photographs taken in 1991 documenting a similar conflagration as Saddam Hussein’s forces set alight oil wells in Kuwait

‘The most remote, alien place on Earth’ – Nicholas Jubber on the Sahara

Living among nomads and camels has given the writer rich insight and amazing experiences but he’s also had to evade banditry and anti-western feeling