Quriyat: Repeated spillway and drainage has positively boosted the number of tourists, who arrived in greater numbers to watch the wonderful waterfalls at Wadi Dhiqah Dam in May this year.
Wadi Dhiqah Dam in the wilayat of Quriyat in the governorate of Muscat is one of the largest projects when it comes to dams and water exploitation sector in Oman.
It is a famous architectural and tourist destination in the wilayat where thousands of tourists from Oman and outside come calling all through the year.
The number of visitors to the valley, located in the village of Al Mazari, has been on the rise, reaching 423,000 last May.
Tourism really took off when the dam was filled with water to its maximum capacity of 100 million cubic metres. As the valley was filled with water, it attracted significantly higher number of visitors, boosting tourism in the wilayat in general and Al Mazari village in particular.
The Dam Lake currently stores 83 million cubic metres of water and the discharge gate is occasionally opened to feed the aquifers of the villages below the dam, including the villages of Al Ghaf and Daghmar. The dam contains two lakes: the main lake and the secondary lake. The first is located along the canyon and the second in the north of the main lake.
Many facilities are there for visitors, such as resting stations, a park, restaurants and toilets. The spilled water contributed to the water level rising in the wells near the dam, such as Falaj (water stream) Hail Al Ghaf, which is one of the famous Aflaj in the wilayat of Quriyat. This contributed towards revitalization agriculture this season.
To develop services in the dam area, the Municipal Affairs Committee in the wilayat of Quriyat met recently and discussed the tourist infrastructure in the wilayat in general and Wadi Dhiqah Dam in particular. The meeting discussed ways to make the dam a tourist hub in the wilayat since it attracts thousands of visitors and tourists annually.
The committee visited the dam and interacted with the staff, discussing key requirements for developing services available at the site to accommodate larger numbers of visitors. The committee prepared a comprehensive report on services to help strengthen the tourism aspect of the region.