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This month on Inside the Middle East

updated 10:02 AM EST, Mon December 5, 2011
This month IME travels to Petra in Jordan to explore the unique rock formations and historical trading hub which in 2007 was chosen as one of the New Wonders of the World and attracts over a million tourists every year.
This month IME travels to Petra in Jordan to explore the unique rock formations and historical trading hub which in 2007 was chosen as one of the New Wonders of the World and attracts over a million tourists every year.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • IME travels to Jordan to the historical marvels at Petra which was once a bustling trade hub
  • Nic Robertson visits the Roman ruins of Leptus Magna in Libya
  • Arwa Damon reports on a Kurdistan museum that is paying smugglers for looted items

(CNN) -- This month on Inside the Middle East, CNN's Nic Robertson travels to Libya to explore the Roman ruins of Leptus Magna. Meanwhile Arwa Damon looks at the lost treasures of Iraq and a controversial choice by a Kurdistan museum to pay smugglers in an effort to recover stolen artifacts.

Jordan's Gem

Hidden in mountains, built among stunning rock formations, Petra was once a prosperous trading hub. Today it's Jordan's historical gem, attracting nearly one million visitors a year. We explore the ancient site to find out what makes Petra so unique.

Cave Dwellers of Petra

We journey beyond the well-worn tourist paths, and meet the people who live, work and protect Petra. The local Bedouin community has called Petra¹s caves home for generations. Living off of the land in a desert is by no means easy, but for the Bedouins, Petra is more than a place, it¹s a large part of their identity.

A Roman City in Libya

CNN's Nic Robertson visits Leptus Magna, Roman ruins beyond comparison with any location in Europe. Thanks to local residents and police, during recent violence nothing was stolen, as a community banded together to preserve their heritage.

Lost Treasures of Iraq

Iraq's National Museum lost around 15,000 artifacts from which only 1000 have been recovered. Now the second largest museum in the northern part of Kurdistan has made the difficult and controversial choice to pay smugglers for stolen artifacts. Arwa Damon reports.

Watch the December show at the following times:

Wednesday 7 December: 1030, 1730
Saturday 12 December: 0530, 1930
Sunday 11 December: 1230
Saturday 17 December: 1230
Sunday 18 December 0530, 1930 (all times GMT)

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