One Sunny Day at Wadi Namar…

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If you’re looking for a place to unwind far more different from the usual parks you visit here in Riyadh, then I suggest going to Wadi Namar located in Exit 24. This man-made reservoir is a favorite picnic spot for locals, but recently, more and more expats are visiting the place.

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Wadi Namar rehabilitation project included refinement of flood streams and other works necessary to provide the project with infrastructure and services such as local routes, lighting network, a corniche overlooking the lake dam, guidance system, and improved traffic management system to serve local farm owners and hikers. Additionally, the project included a forestation using palm trees and local plants, and landscaping of sidewalks and walkways. (http://www.ada.gov.sa)

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It was a fine, sunny Friday morning when we went to Wadi Namar. Surprisingly, there was not too much crowd; even parking space was not a problem. We decided to set-up our picnic mat and tables beside the road where there were shady trees. It’s also a great spot to have barbecue.

Another good thing about this place is that it has clean toilets.

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The 2-km corniche overlooking the dam surrounded with palms trees was such a relaxing view. You will see families putting up carpet on the concrete pavement. There were also children playing and riding bikes. Others were also feeding ducks and fish with kubus.

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After I walked around the area and took some photos, I decided to sit down and rest beside the water channel while enjoying the sight of the lake and dam.  I also found it relaxing gazing at the fish of different sizes.

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As the sun’s heat becomes unbearable, we decided to pack up our things and bid goodbye to this ‘newly-discovered’ park.

The management of Wadi Namar is doing its best to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the place. It’s evident on the many street sweepers along the area.  But I noticed that there are still trashes on the water. I think that they should also give attention on cleaning the water or should I say that the visitors should also practice DISCIPLINE, not to throw their garbage on the water and keeping the surrounding clean?! 

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By the way you might also get tempted, but Swimming and Fishing are not allowed in the area.


Coordinates:

24° 32′ 18″ N 46° 35′ 00″ E

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