Archive for October, 2012


Still Waters

Still Waters

Clear Blue waters of Wadi Dayqah Dam,Quriyat

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

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I just got to visit this Marvel and those images I will cherish for a lifetime.My first visit to a mosque of this size and coincidentally I also found a pic for last week’s “Weekly Photo Challenge:Big”.


Take a look at the largest recognized chandelier in the world that hangs inside the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque located in Oman weighing a phenomenal 8.5 tons.

Although the Chandelier is the largest known the actual most is of modest proportions, for a grand mosque, having the capacity to house 20,000 worshippers who all can enjoy the marvellous splendour of this spectacular chandelier.
The mosque has a very elaborate interior and also contains a library with tens of thousands of books. The chandelier, which hangs a total of 14 metres from the ornate ceiling, is beautifully trimmed with Swarovski crystals and has fine gold plated metalwork. The chandelier is truly of gigantic proportions having a diameter of 8 metres making it the size of a 3 bedroom detached house but twice the height!
The inside of the chandelier has complex electrical circuitry which requires access for maintenance purposes which is made possible by staircases and platforms actually inside the heart of the chandelier. To emphasise the true beauty of this chandelier, for decoration it has 600000 crystal trimmings. For illumination the chandelier has 1122 halogen lamps which are operated through 36 switching circuits. With this number of bulbs then the energy consumption would be massive so dimmable technology has been incorporated for environmental purpose and to provide control over the illumination levels within the mosque.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign.

via Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign.

Pugs are super adorable pets.Don’t be mistaken by their small size,their aggressiveness makes up for it.They are gentle to their owners and children but always alert and can be aggressive towards strangers.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

The word “foreign” does not really sound distant to me.Living and working in the middle east cash reserve of Oman I’m pretty far from home-Gods Own Country.For people who don’t know what “Gods own Country” means juzt Google it out.I’m sure you will get thousands of responses.This Eid holiday I visited the largest dam in the middle east region,Wadi dayqah dam in Quriyat. The dam is a result of the vision and foresightedness of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the government.

The locals and expats in Middle East region would clearly understand why a Dam is “Foreign” in this part of the world.The temperature exceed 35 degrees celcius on an average,large water bodies are hard to find.Besides nearly 100% power is generated from thermal sources.Still,this dam stands dominant not only for its sheer size(rising 74 m from its lowet level) but also aesthetics.

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Wadi Dayqah Dam

Wadi Dayqah Dam

One of the biggest Dams in the middle east rising 74 m from its lowest level,Wadi Dayqah Dam not only provides water to Quriyat but also attracts locals & expats.

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