Positioned halfway along Wadi Dayqah, protected by a fort perched on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by copper-toned mountains and half-buried in thick plantations, the picturesque village of Mazara makes for an interesting day out from Muscat. A loose assemblage of toads, kingfishers and goats congregate in the semi-permanent pools that gather in the bottom of the wadi.
Looming over the village is the enormous Wadi Dayqah dam, the largest in Oman. A road winds up to the reservoir, the edges of which have been pleasantly landscaped and provide opportunities for a picnic. The vista of mountains reflected in the plate-glass water is a rare sight in the desert. A seasonal coffeeshop opens up at peak times (November to January) and plans for further tourist amenities are afoot.