The conceptual design was based upon Bedouin tents. Three large tensile structures containing a banqueting facility, majlis and conference rooms occupy the palace gardens and are interlinked with walkways. The tensile structures are stretched PVC-coated, polyester woven, mat fabric secured to light weight steel structures. Each tents has three layers incorporating the outer skin, insulation layer and inner skin, and then the interior lining finish.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture