Wadi Kabir means The Big Wadi. I know what you’re thinking: “Man, another Wadi? Has he got nothing else to write on?”
Wadi Kabir, ladies and gentlemen, is a village situated in the Masqat (Muscat) Governorate. It also happens to be the place where I live in. In fact, I’ve lived here (I’m writing this from that place) all my live. True, we also did live in Ruwi, Seeb, Mawalih and Al-Hail but only for short periods. These are not names taken from a Harlan Ellison story but are town / villages of Oman. The thing is that they, et al, are so closely connected that you can cross 10 towns in a matter of 20-30 minutes, and each has a different pattern, style, story and people in them.
The thing that makes Wadi-Kabir special from the others, apart from the fact that I live there (hee-hee), is that this has been my home all my life. I know, and have gone to, all the major shopping centres here and can recognize all the major attractions and parks. Virtually everything seems familiar, inviting, home. Nothing is out of place or alien, maybe the odd new shop here or there.
One of the best major attraction in this place was the Wadi-Kabir roundabout, also known as the Mijmar roundabout. In the middle housed the giant frankincense, one of the many landmarks of Oman and the socially accepted icon of Wadi-Kabir. Sadly, the whole roundabout was taken down several months ago due to traffic problems. I agree, the traffic used to get congested at times and the removal, which is still going, was a good step but the only regret it that I will never get to see the wonderful artifact ever again unless, of course, they re-locate it somewhere but even then, it won’t seem right. Nothing seems familiar or recognizable when you take it away from its original position. Going around that roundabout for 18 years I now realize I had taken its beauty for granted but that doesn’t mean I didn’t pay any attention to it, just didn’t look at it closely than I should’ve. So, that’s one icon down and let’s just hope that it stays that way.
Apart from offering hundreds of apartments and shops that carry virtually everything, Wadi-Kabir also gives you long stretches of sidewalks filled with beautiful trees and small gardens here and there. Perfect for evening strolls, alone or with family. Now, if I start talking about the whole of Wadi-Kabir, it will take me hours and this post will be painfully long so I will narrow it down to one street: Al-Nuzha Street. And why? Because that’s one street where I’ve lived most of my life and my (ex) school is also situated here.
The school is Sri-Lankan School Muscat and I studied there for 11 years. The building on the right is called A’Soud Building and we lived there for a little more than a year – 2010-2011. The building on the left is called NHI (national hospitality Institute) and we lived there for 7 years – 1999-2006. Then, there’s another building called Scientific Pharmacy just next to it and that was our abode for near 2 years – 2006-2008. So, you can say that the school was extremely near, 30 second walk, that’s it. But despite all that, I still used to be late!
Living here for more than 10 years has made me a part of it; I’m able to spot a new change, addition or a removal. Over the years many people came and many left, friends were made, friends were lost, enemies were made, enemies were lost, memories were made, many are long forgotten, and despite all the ups and downs, there is no place in Oman that can replace Wadi-Kabir, at-least to me, if not you.
So, that’s all I’m going to say as my thinking goes as much and I hoped you enjoyed it. In the photos below you’re gonna see, among others, the buildings I’ve mentioned above, the mountains, my backyard and other odds and ends.