Beauty of Wadi Dima wa’Tayeen
Wadi Dima is another Oman wadi located in Wilayat Dima Wa Al Tayeen in Al Sharqiyah region. Wadi Dima and Wadi Al Tayeen merge and flow into Wadi Dhayqah Dam in Qurayat.
Wadi Dima is an excellent spot for a BBQ trip and trekking. This place will make your picnic a pleasant one with its water pools and smooth rocks.
The place is rugged and remote, Dima wa’Tayeen in the Sharqiya region, is distinctively unique from other wadis in Oman. Such a mountainous and barren landscape with abundant water supply cannot be found anywhere else in the Sultanate of Oman.
This beauty of nature makes a tour of this wadi so rewarded, both for nature lovers and for people looking for some off-road driving adventure.
The area lies between two mountain ranges, the northern border is the wilayat of Quriyat separated by the formidable Eastern Hajar peaks.
Al Qabil is situated to the wilayat’s east, Al Mudhaibi and Bidbid lies to the west, and Ibra is on its southern border side. 7,000 sq. kilometer’s of Dima wa’ Tayeen’s landscape are relatively uneven, making it one of the most mountainous area of the Sultanate.
The majority of its residents live in some 51 villages, which mainly frame the fringes of the wilayat’s major wadis. Hundreds of tranquil streams criss cross the terrain which eventually meet up with the four giant wadis. The wilayat got its name from two big wadis — Dima and Tayeen.
These two wadis meet at Al Ghayyan village and thereafter flow as one wadi, known as Wadi Tayeen. At Ghubrat at Tam, it makes a spectacle breach of the Jebel Aswad mountain range, thereupon it is called as Wadi Dayqah.
One hour drive from the Wali’s office at Mehlah, along the course of Wadi Tayeen, will get you to the Devil’s Gap. This is the mouth of the canyon where Wadi Dayqah begins its sumptuous course through an 18-km long gorge.
Because of the remarkably rugged terrain, intersected by numerous wadis and streams, there were no paved roads to reach the wadi. The construction plans are going here to link Dima wa’Tayeen with the Muscat-Sur higway. Now enjoying Dima wa’ Tayeen’s landscape needs a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Numerous hilly offroad paths will take you to remote stretches of the wilayat, across scores of bumbling streams and virgin springs which is a beautiful sight around the wilayat.
The place will provide much for off-road driving; ,if it is your passion. With the combination of rugged terrain and watercourses promise motoring adventure of a high pitch.
Among the many scenic spots of the wilayat is a spot called Al Madbagah situated at the foot of Jebel al Abyadh (also called White Mountain), which is part of the ragged Eastern Hajar mountains.
From a deep cleft in the mountain flows a perennial stream that, after a spell of rains, turns into a surging torrent. A network of al falaj channels for watering date palm gardens and other fruit gardens in Al Madbagah.
In winter, picnic opportunities are plenty around this gentle flowing streams, alongside a number of pretty pink blossoms called hab provides shade. You can camp out in these beautiful setting contemplating the formidable peaks of the Hajar mountains, or plan trekking on foot deeper into the mountain cleft, for a best spot of adventure and discovery.
The best spot for camping is at Samut Village, it is far from the corner for about 38 kms, also there is a deep pond that suits the swimmers and bathers on the track of Wadi, and after one and half km, also there are good places for camping alongside the Wadi called “Sijaa”, it is distinguished by its wonderful sights, lined up with some small trees with green and yellow leaves.
Discovery also awaits those who trek up Jebel al Abyadh’s vertiginous pathways leading up to its summit. Small communities of people continue to live on the summit of the mountain, virtually a world away from the relative modern life of villages in the valley.
In ancient times, Dima wa’Tayeen was renowned for its pedigree Arabian horses. Fine mountain horses, it is said, were exported by dhows to India and elsewhere in return for attractive sums of money or valuable goods.
Furthermore, the wilayat was among the first areas in the area to grow date palm trees. Date saplings from this section were first exported to other wilayats, spawning date palm groves in other regions of Sultanate.
How to get to Wadi DiTayeen:
Take the Dakhiliya route from Muscat and before reaching Samail take a turn towards signboards directing you to Ibra. Now you have entered the Wadi Al Aaq road, and from there you should see a signboard to take you to to Dima Wa Al Tayeen which is off the looped road, check Goolge maps.
Have you been travelled to Dima Wa Al Tayeen? What did you think of it? Are there any unique attractions you saw?