Looking similar to scenes from the James Bond action movie ‘Goldeneye’, Wadi Dayqah Dam is quite a spectacular sight!
Set in the rugged limestone Wadi (valley) this huge construction is a real contrast of natural Omani beauty and impressive human engineering.
Opened in 2012 the dam was built to collect the periodic rain fall from the high peaks above and control the volume of water flowing through the narrow torrent, ‘dayqah’, to the villages below. This still maintains the ancient “Falaj” irrigation system whilst controlling the surges of water rolling off the hillside.
The dam is quite a spectacle for Oman and is by far the highest in the country. The water lake is 8 kilometres (5 miles) long and can hold 100 million cubic meters of rain water.
As we arrived at the top car park the winter sun was beginning to set behind the surrounding peaks casting some interesting shadows into the wadi lake below.
With the steep hillsides and the calm lake below it reminded me of home, Bonnie Scotland.
Along with the natural beauty of the area, this is a very popular spot for families to visit as there is a well maintained park perfect to roll out the picnic rugs and spend the afternoon relaxing. The gardens are lined with bright flowers and a large water fountain bubbles away in the background.
The Dam is located near the town of Quriyat, around 1 hour 20 mins drive from Muscat. This is accessible to the masses as a 4×4 is not required. The road is in great condition and the attraction is well signposted from the main road.
If you have a head for heights you can follow pathway along the top of the dam wall where you can peer down the 75m to the valley floor below.
The photo doesn’t do the size and engineering justice as the sun is fading and it’s hard to get a good angle from the top. To understand, look how small the people are on the valley floor.
As far as I am aware there is no swimming or water sports allowed in the lake so no need to pack your swimmers for this day out. It is strictly a picnic and photos kind of place.
All in all a great thing to go and see if you fancy a quiet day and one more thing to tick off the adventure list.
Have you visited the dam before? I would love to hear what you thought of it.