The biggest dam in Oman, Wadi Dayqah dam in the wilayat of Quriyat will be officially opened on Monday under the auspices of H H Sayyid Fatik bin Fahar al Said, secretary general at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.
The dam will contribute to achieving a qualitative leap in the implementation of water projects in the country, according to an official at the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources.
The storage capacity of the dam is about 100mn cu m. The storage lake covers an area of about 350 hectares and extends to about 6km from the main body of the dam. The technical studies for the project were initiated by the government in 1978 in a bid to study the possibility of storing flood water.
The implementation of the project has been made in two phases. The project includes control rooms for the dam, a tower for water discharge, monitors for the data and control switches.
The project includes a tunnel inside the main structure of the dam for control, injection and discharge of the leaked water. It also includes a centre for visitors, spread over 1,281 sq m that will allow visitors to have a birds-eye view of the whole site.