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