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Palmyra was an ancient city in central Syria. Located in an oasis, it had long been a vital caravan stop for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. In the 2nd millennium BC, it was a trading city in the extensive network that linked Mesopotamia and northern Syria. Palmyra is mentioned in the Bible as part of Solomon's Kingdom. by Rikko77

Emily Rostkowski, Arts '05, and Jimmy Tobyne Arts, '03, took part in a diplomatic delegation from Georgetown University to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For 10 days they visited companies, universities and organizations and had conversations with government officials, business leaders and academics. This photo was taken atop a dune near the Arabian Desert city of Jeddah. Video of their trip: