Chief among the requirements of the building and its environs was an ability to remain comfortable in the extreme heat of the Middle East. The building itself had to respect the traditional designs of Arab culture, while offering an advanced internal environment for diplomats and other visitors.
Within the grounds of the palace are a series of tent-like structures that were to be used for more informal events, such as entertaining. These tents needed to echo the design style of the region as well as providing their function and meeting high aesthetic standards.
The entire building was designed in the days before advanced CAD software, so the creation of a sinuous wall and structures of this complexity was a highly intricate process. This also made the necessary redesign of the site an interesting task.