Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil graduated from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, where, from 1965 to 1970, he lectured in the Department of Architecture. El-Wakil has acknowledged the importance of Hassan Fathy to his design development. Since 1971 El-Wakil has been in private practice as an architect. (Source: Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Millerton, NY: Aperture. 1983.)
Al-Ruwais mosque features three domes lining the qibla" wall. These use externalized stepped drums in the manner of Cairene Mamluk monuments. Two consecutive series of catenary vaults ensure a natural ventilation of the prayer hall and are very reminiscent of those used in the so-called Nubian vernacular architecture. The short minaret ends with a tapering dome and crescent finial.