Standing tall in Mumbai's skyline the iconic Saifee Hospital has become a central pearl in what is popularly known as the 'Queen's Necklace' - Mumbai's Marine Drive coastal road.
Even within its design itself is reflected the Bohra ethos, the rooftop domes invoking the ancient masjids of Fatimi Cairo whilst the sheer glass elevations bring us with warp speed into the forefront of modern architecture.
Internally as well the hospital continues this blend of old and new. On approaching the entrance one is greeted by a verse from the Quran,
"And when I fall sick it is He that heals me."
It reassures both the patient and their loved ones that their hopes for a treatment are not limited to the skills of physicians no matter how expert they will be. It was inaugurated by then Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2006. It was built without recourse to commercial or state funding and had to overcome two decades of legal obstructions over the ownership and use of the land before building eventually commenced.
It houses some of the latest equipment for diagnosis and treatment in almost all fields of medicine with consultants and staff amongst the most highly trained and qualified anywhere in the country. Over the years it has developed and continues to develop a stellar reputation as one of the most caring and well-administered hospitals in India as well as becoming a renowned teaching hospital for medical students from all over the world.