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.)
The complex includes a mosque for 5'000 people, shops and walkways, ancillary buildings, and landscaping. The layout consists of a low-profile building which envelops a higher profile mosque in a landscaped courtyard. It is inspired by local traditions.