Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.
The film was shot in Tunisia and Qatar. The battle scenes were shot in the deserts of Qatar and took over four weeks to shoot. Filming in Tunisia took place during the Jasmine Revolution that led to the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Filming finished on-schedule and on-budget with no interference.