When we went down to Wadi Al Hoqain (valley) suddenly a heavy rain started, it was also combined with strong winds. The water level was getting higher very fast. Our visit to the valley was very short; the civil defence forces arrived to the place and asked everyone to leave as the condition was not safe in the valley.
Getting out of the valley was another story. Hussain could hardly see the way while driving and I was so scared not knowing if we will make it out safe. He was joking with me all the way out to help me remove my stress. The rain has stopped and we made it out and it was a relief to see the sun and the colorful rainbow, we forgot everything and stopped by the side of the road and enjoyed taking some photos.
We couldn’t see Wadi Al-Hoqain in its best conditions but for some reasons we liked that rainy day, an experience that we will never forget and that also what we love about traveling, it teach us things we didn’t plan to learn, your plans shouldn’t go always as expected a sudden situation will come up and you need to adapt, be more flexible and take things more simple to enjoy what you have!
We will definitely visit that beautiful valley again, we liked the green area surrounding it and the small waterfalls but we need to check carefully the weather next time!
* Before visiting Wadis in Oman you need to check out the weather and the valleys conditions through the Internet or via local radio news.
* When a heavy rain starts it is better to leave the valley immediately as the water level rises in a very short time.
* 4×4 and SUVs are better for valleys tours, where there could be road slopes and heights or possibility to go through unpaved roads.
* Al-Hoqain Valley is located in Al Batina governorate and it is about two hours (160 kilometers) from the capital, Muscat.