Weekly Photo Challenge: SURPRISE

WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge is quite interesting after a so-called apocalypse foretold to happen the other day. And to honor the world’s continuing existence, we were invited to share pictures of surprises!

Well, December 21, 2012 (12-21-12) was a beautiful day and we have discovered many SURPRISES about the famous man-made reservoir in Oman.

Wadi Dayq Dam is the biggest aquatic structure I have seen in my life with its 390 metre-long storage wall at a height of 73.6 metres.

the view of the dam's massive wall from above

the view of the dam’s massive wall from above

The lake reservoir collected about 100 million cubic-metre of water coming from around 120 rivers congregated on its path.

the water reservoir

the water reservoir

In a year, it is expected to provide about 35 million cubic metres of water: 10 million cubic metres to irrigate agricultural land of the villages down the wadi stream; 5.7 million cubic meters and 19.3 million cubic meters for water consumption and domestic purposes in Qurayat and Muscat Governorate, respectively.

from this point of the lake you can see the white building afar where the public garden is situated

from this point of the lake you can see the white building afar where the public garden is situated

behind is a huge volume of water collected from wadis

behind is a huge volume of water collected from wadis

Other than being a dam, this spot became an ideal destination for many tourists and families to picnic and swim. Yes, you read it right!

what a beautiful sight to hold

what a beautiful sight to hold

The dam was just completed 8 months ago, but has been frequently visited because of its breathtaking beauty and fantastic site along with amenities like garden with canopies, toilets, viewing deck, and concrete road.

the beautiful garden and nice spot for picnic

the beautiful garden and nice spot for picnic

playing along the greenery field

playing on the greenery field

At the river stream below, you can swim on its icy cold water where little fishes nibble on your feet and giving you free spa!

the river below where you can freely swim

the river below where you can freely swim

We have our lunch at the picnic garden and plunged into the river afterwards. It was a fun day, actually! And was so surprised to discover this natural beauty and progress come into one location in Oman.

the agricultural area of the villages below the dam

the agricultural area of the villages below the dam

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18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: SURPRISE

    1. riah_e Post author

      it is totally prohibited to jump from above but I AM SURPRISE there’s no signage or any provisions about the danger of the viewing deck. i guess the management are expecting visitors to hold their senses and be careful at all times.

    1. riah_e Post author

      Hi Efrata Denny! I cant really believe there’s this huge dam in Oman and i have heard its name for months..we were all awed by the vastness of the lake reservoir and combining a dam and recreation all in one.

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