Wadi Namar And Its Hidden Paradise

The Hiker’s Maxim: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time (J.K.).”

It’s no secret that yours truly is a licensed nature lover. My social media platforms, full of nature photos, can attest to that.

Yesterday, July 5, I was extra cheerful — secretly — knowing that July 6 was declared a public holiday. Since this happens only once a year, like really once a year, an hour or two (or more) of escape from the city walls is imperative. Well, at least for me and my housemates. During our dinner last night , I suggested the idea of making the most of the holiday, Eid al-Fitr’s first day, by taking a breather somewhere. Deviating from the everyday urban blares, increasing pleasant feelings and creativity, feeding the optical organs with green color, and simply making up for the lost times in the natural world are the main objectives — not de-stressing. Here in the Middle East, Ramadan days in business establishments are generally equated to easy days. This holds true in our workplace.

It goes without saying that all four of us came to a predictable agreement. This is how we got to what I now call the New Zealand of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), “Wadi Namar”, early in the morning today, July 6. The thirty-minute drive from Al Izdihar to Namar gave us surprising treats. Surprising because the objectives mentioned earlier all seemed to have been met by the time I was writing this post.

A few kilometers away from the main entrance, a long stretch of Wadi Namar Dam’s watercourse is actually visible. The point is, that stretch looked dry when we were approaching. Thank goodness there’s no sentry in the area and we’re on a one-way road. We just drove through until look there, we reached the wet part of the dam after about a kilometer.


The place showcases nature wonders similar to New Zealand’s in my book.



The word “panacea” is not only formed but created each time I see the elements of nature converge — coming together to form spectacles that serve as food to the eyes and soul.


This is usually how I describe every moment spent with nature.


By the time I brought my camera out, the mighty sun rose from its seat. The air went wild with the leaves.


The sky highlighted the harking birds with its blue delight. The river moved with majesty while the fish and ducks headed to a beautiful oblivion.


Then the massive escarpments gently hugged the entire place.


Wadi Namar is definitely a worthy addition to the list of the best nature parks in Riyadh and the whole KSA.



Aside from the indispensable nature treats it provides, it’s a great place for a picnic. Fishing, swimming, smoking shisha, and indiscriminate photographing though are not allowed.


We were on a weekday which was conducive to our ideal respite. There were only a few people around, parking lots are there for the taking, and there were less women and children which makes photographing a lot easier. My and Riyadh travel bloggers’ friendly tip is, don’t go there on Fridays or Saturdays but weekdays. Unless, you enjoy waiting in queue for parking lots, listening to crowd’s noise, or getting a chance to shoot the sights without people as distractions in the background.


Also, if you want to take awesome overhead shots, you just need to go on top of the other side’s hill.


The way should be easy based on the the lay of the land but you can ask the utility workers in the park or the locals for direction if getting lost is not an option.


A trip down this place is a perfect “seize the day” moment.


Wadi Namar is an absolute haven for city dwellers.

The Eco-Warrior’s Creed: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

#landmark #riyadh #saudiarabia #wadinamar #namarlake #riyadhdestinations #naturepark #riyadhdams

GPS Location/Map HERE!

Most Prominent Valleys in KSA (altayyartravelblog.com)

What To Do During Eid (Riyadh Center)  (thepinktarha.com)

Morning walk by the lake (ofangelsandseagulls.blogspot.com)

One Sunny Day at Wadi Namar… (travelingmin.wordpress.com)

A Winter Afternoon at Wadi Namar (pixelsforfour.blogspot.com)

Riyadh Through National Geographic’s Eyes (destinationksa.com)

Wadi Namar: A Beautiful Place To Visit In Riyadh (girlfromarabia.com)

Riyadh’s parks are a major attraction for residents during Eid (eyeofriyadh.com)


#POTD: To the Edge of the World we go (abielonline.com)

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    Wadi Namar looks beautiful from all angles, Sony. You did an amazing job of capturing it all round and it’s hard for me to pick a favourite shot. I really like the shot of the ducks, the first one. It looks like they are all trying to keep up with each other , or playing “follow the leader” 😀

    Certain places can certainly be crowded at certain times of the week, month or year. Good to see you enjoyed peace and quiet without too many distractions as you put it. Personally, I am not fan of crowds as I am short and they can block my view, or they can get in the way when I want to get to a certain spot fast on my feet.

    “optical organs”. You know I love that phrase. Love Sony-vocabulary 😀


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yes, Mabel. This is by far the most beautiful nature park I’ve seen here in the desert. I’m privileged to have set foot on it.

      I actually thought of making a separate blog post about the ducks, the story and kind of amusement they give, while I was watching them. Time is something I don’t have though at this point as I need to attend to my laundry and some other personal obligations. 😄

      I also hate crowded places actually except in concerts or similar scenarios.

      As for the Sony vocabulary, thanks a lot. I love your vocabulary way better though.

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  2. Diana Chen says:

    beautiful photos!


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks a lot, Diana!


  3. Really nice shots! I didn’t know there is such a place in Riyadh. 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      So am I, Adrian. I never knew until I saw one pic, posted by a friend on FB. I fell in love with it. I wrung the coordinates out from him. The rest is history.


  4. Boots says:

    Nice photos!. I somehow didn’t picture Riyadh to look like that.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Me too, Boots…until I got to that place. I’m still in awe each time I remember the place and the pictures of it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Boots says:

        Glad you were able to “escape” for the day and saw this amazing place.


      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        It’s a wonderful discovery for nature lovers like us, especially in a place where such views are a rarity.


  5. Amazingly azure watercourse! We’ll have difficulty resisting the temptation to jump into that clear water. LOL!


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I know the feeling. I was in the brink of diving into the inviting water but Saudi Law is no joke.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. aysabaw says:

    gustong gusto ko yung unang litrato….


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Ako naman yung pinakahuli. Thanks for dropping by, Idol.

      More turtles to free and save. 😆

      Liked by 1 person

      1. aysabaw says:

        Grabe sa idol hahahaha


      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        Touch down Dubai na kapatid. Pers taym.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. aysabaw says:

        Emerged…enjoy poooooo…picssss


      4. Sony Fugaban says:

        Sa IG sige…

        Liked by 1 person

  7. If only I could take flight right this moment and would love to drench myself on that clear water. Wow, you got me speechless with how you convey your thoughts into words. Ah before I stopped, I’m literally jealous in your amazing eyes, I’m seeing an art of capturing photos.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Those eyes of your will see better than mine, Lai. I mean that. Don’t worry about skinny dipping…getting drench I should say. Both of us have the same thoughts about the water. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Jill says:

    I just saw that you put my post’s link here about Wadi Namar. Gracias! Great photos! The place looked cleaner when you went there.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Pleasure is mi e, Jill!


  9. If only I could take flight right now and drench myself to that clear water. Another well written article of yours. You really threw a well spent holiday.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That holiday is holy, Lai. It only happens once a year–in our workplace. Most of the companies, especially government ones, impose that one week holiday during Eid.

      So spending it at home is a big No No for me.

      Liked by 1 person

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