Monday, 9 February 2009

wadis in oman

Wadis in Oman


I have chosen this important topic of wadis in Oman because its one of the tourist places in Oman today. You can see many people visit many places of wadis in Oman such as: wadi bany khalid, wadi al hoqeen, wadi al meaden, wadi al hoasna, more and more wadis. Also, you can do a lot of things in wadis such as: swimming, wash clothes, take photos and more things. In this report I will try to explain some information about these things. So today wadis are very important for tourism when you come to Oman to visit. I hope all the people who see or read my report benefit from all my information in my report.


In this report I would explain some information about importance. I collected my information from books. Also I visited website and internet. First of all I will writ information about this topic. Then, I will give questionnaire twenty copies to student and I will write the result about them. After that, I will analyze the graph. Finally, I will write my conclusion.
At the end of this short assignment I hope the reader will enjoy it. I will add more information about importance wadis in Oman.

Wadis of Oman

A wadi is a dried up riverbed found in the mountain valleys. Wadis come into their own after heavy rains, when the rivers start running again and the vegetation is restored. However, some wadis have year-round running water, with deep, cool pools in which it is quite safe to swim if the currents are slow. On the whole, wadis are only accessible with a four-wheel drive vehicle, as the terrain can be extremely bumpy. Wadis are green, lush oases of palm trees, grasses, and flowering shrubs. It is always safest to visit wadis in a group or with a tour guide. Although they are beautiful places, they are often remote and car breakdowns can happen to anyone. Visitors must also be on the alert for rain clouds, as sudden downpours can lead to flash floods, which are highly dangerous when in the gorges.

Wadi Bani Khalid:

Wadi Bani Khalid is about 203 km far from Muscat. It is the best-known wadi of the Sharqiyah region. Its stream maintains a constant flow of water throughout the year. Large pools of water and boulders are scattered along the course of the wadi. As a geographical area, Wadi Bani Khalid covers a large swathe of low land and mountains. Caves form some of the interesting features of this wadi. These include Kahf Maqal which is one of the Sultanate's underground chambers. However, reaching this cave takes a lot of effort and visitors should be prepared for the adventure. Springs of water are also common in this wadi. The springs of Ain Hamouda, Ain al Sarooj and Ain Dawwa, among others, are a blessing to the eye as one ventures along the wadis. The village of Badaa is a well-known tourist stop in the valley.

Wadi Dhaiqah:

Wadi Dhaiqah lies in a grand canyon about 90 km eastwards from the Bait Hattat (Wadi Adei) roundabout in Muscat. As many as 120 other wadis lead to this great valley which features as a large natural park extending from Wilayat Dima W'attayyeen in the Sharqiyah region to the Wilayat of Qurayyat in the Governorate of Muscat. It is easy to reach Wadi Dhaiqah from the highway, but after 20 minutes venturing into the wadi one is surprised by massive boulders and deep pools before coming across the famous fruit farms of Al Mazarea and many other attractions. In some places along Wadi Dhaiqah, the valley becomes narrow and its walls shoot up and change into high, wonderful cliffs. The springs that feed Wadi Dhaiqah are constant and contain abundant water supplies, particularly during the rainy season, which prompted the government to draft plans for a major irrigation project. To explore the full stretch of Wadi Dhaiqah is a real challenge, but, for adventure lovers a worthwhile one.


Valleys in Oman are one of the most places that attracts tourists. They are also targets for too many of Omani people to have picnics. However, Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Dheeqa have special position among other valleys. They are famous of their big depth and fast flaw most of the time. Regarding the flow, Wadi Dheeqa have much stronger flow which make the government make a dam to save water underground for the use of people .The number of tourists increase in these valleys as well as in others when the flow of water increase. However, Foreign tourists generally tend to just go around these places and see the surrounding nice scenes and take photos. But Omani people go and stay there for a bit long time and make barbecues.
In closing, nowadays the government have made and still making some development in Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Dheeqa to attract more tourists from inside and outside Oman.