How often do you see large amounts of blue water in Oman, apart from the huge sea? Not too often. Looking similar to scenes from some dramatic Hollywood plot, Wadi Dayqah Dam is quite a spectacular sight! Set in the rugged limestone Wadi this huge construction is a real contrast of natural Omani beauty and impressive human engineering.
The dam is quite a spectacle for Oman and is by far the highest in the country. The water lake is 8 kilometers. The 390-metre-long storage dam with a height of 73.6 metres and a 100 million-cubic-metre storage capacity provides about 35 million cubic metres of water a year: around 10 million cubic metres for villages down the wadi stream for agricultural purposes and around 5.7 and 19.3 million.
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.
The viewing area at the dam is very well maintained with a nice stretch of lush green lawn allowing to calmly spend some time with friends or family. If you have a head for heights, you can follow pathway along the top of the dam wall where you can peer down the valley floor below. It is strictly a picnic and photos kind of place so don’t gear up planning to swim which is strictly prohibited.
The Dam is located near the town of Quriyat. From Muscat, follow the road towards Sur, through Al Amerat. At Quriyat roundabout, exit towards Wadi Dayqah Dam and Mazara. Than just follow the road to the Dam. The drive should take you about an hour and half.
Have a safe journey and do share your experiences.