"Desert Rose" is a song by British recording artist Sting from his album Brand New Day (1999). Riding a wave of pre-9/11 interest in Latin and Arabic cultures, the song peaked at No. 3 in Switzerland, No. 4 Italy, No. 15 in the UK, and No. 17 in the US. The song is noted for Sting's duet performance with Algerianraï singer Cheb Mami, creating a distinct world music feel to the song.
The song was parodied on a 2001 episode of Saturday Night Live, with Jimmy Fallon as Sting, and Rachel Dratch as Cheb Mami. During the sketch, Sting (Fallon) is trying to introduce a new song, while Mami (Dratch) and the backing band keep interrupting with "Desert Rose".
In the 2001 Hindi movie Dil Chahta Hai, the character Akash, played by Aamir Khan can be seen listening to the song after falling out with his best friend.
In Family Guy, Peter buys a "Sounds of the Rainforest" CD that consists of sounds of trees being sawed down. A worker can be heard insulting Sting's environmental activism, saying "That song (Desert Rose) sucks!"
In 2000, the band Mo'Rockin produced a cover of the song on their album, Sands of Time.
The 2000 Japanese television drama Yasha used Desert Rose as their opening theme song.
The 2000 Iranian film Party prominently features the song in an underground club scene.