During Eid Holidays, we went to Wadi Dayqah dam in Quriyat. It is 60km southeast of
. It was a wonderful trip. Muscat
|Wadi Dayqah Dam, Quriyat|
Length : 390 metre
Height : 73.6 metres
Storage Capacity : 100 million cubic metre
Water from the dam will be useful for villages down the wadi stream for agricultural purposes and for drinking and domestic purposes in Qurayat and Muscat Governorate.
It is the biggest dam in the Gulf region so far whose construction was completed last year. The official inauguration of the dam is not done till date. Beautification works are in progress like gardens, coffee shop and viewers gallery. It is heard that the inauguration of the project is planned this year as part of 40th anniversary celebrations of
When the tropical Cyclone Phet hit
Oman in June 2010 , this dam was filled in 12 hours and created an awesome waterfall display. When the Cyclone Gonu hit three years ago, the dam was rapidly filled and overflowed six metres above the crest with a thunderous roar which lasted for several hours. On the third day of the Gonu, the height of the water level reduced and the hundreds of people visited the dam to witness the magnificent falls. Oman
World’s leading dam building specialists – VINCI of France and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) undertook the Wadi Dayqah dam project on behalf of the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources. There is also a Saddle Dam built which is 48 metre in height and a crest length of around 360metres.
The main objective of the project is to catch the floodwaters that would otherwise be lost to the sea, and to use this resource for groundwater recharge, local irrigation, and even potable water supply at a future stage. Further, by retaining the wadi flows, whose lethal power is well-known, the project will also contribute to flood prevention downstream of the wadi.
|Shallow waters of Wadi Dayqah in Mazara|