The Albukhary Mosque
In line with the Muslim building tradition, the first structure to emerge at the Sharifah Rokiah Centre of Excellence was the 10000 capacity Albukhary Mosque that was officially opened in 2001. It is a prominent landmark in Alor Setar that echoes several Islamic architectural languages – the minarets of Masjid Nabawi in Madina, the Safavid domes of Masjid-i-Shah in Isfahan, Iran, Timurid doors and arches, the courtyard of the Imam Albukhary Mausoleum in Samarqand, the Mamluk pulpit of Qiblatain Mosque in Madina and Qaitbay Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Apart from being a place of worship, it has gained good reputation for conducting briefing sessions for Hajj pilgrims as well as religious classes, lectures and seminars catering to people from all walks of life, from young children to professionals. Adjoining the mosque is a cemetery, where several passing members of the Albukhary family have been laid to rest. The cemetery is also open to the public.
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Albukhary Dialysis Centre
The full-fledged 80-bed hospital caters only for the poor, regardless of race or religion, who are given free medical treatment. The hospital has also set up a free dialysis centre with a total of 36 dialysis machines and a treatment room, reportedly the largest dialysis facility funded by a private charity. The facility was built in response to the dire need for dialysis treatment among the poor. Malaysia’s Ministry of Health estimates that there are 14000 kidney patients in the country, with 2500 undergoing dialysis treatment in 2007. The numbers had been growing since and reached 20000 in 2010. About 40 percent of patients seek treatment in public hospitals, with another 30 percent depend on the charity of non-government organisations and other voluntary bodies. The Albukhary Dialysis Centre collaborates with the National Kidney Foundation and Ministry of Health to deliver free detection, treatment and care to patients. Again, it acts on the principle of volunteerism, with the facility a gift of Syed Mokhtar Shah Albukhary, while doctors and other healthcare professionals volunteer to treat patients.
Singgahan – The Residences
Located next to the Albukhary Dialysis Centre and equivalent to a three-star hotel, it provides a choice of accommodation to suit different budgets. It has 28 twin share bedrooms, three self-contained apartment units as well as dormitory-style accommodation. This facility is likely to be appreciated by families who do not live in Alor Setar. It not only provides the convenience of being just a walking distance from the hospital but also to the Albukhary Souq, with its hypermarket, food and shopping outlets; ideal indeed to cater to the practical needs of families who are already emotionally burdened by an ailing family member.
AIU International School
The Albukhary Complex has been extended with one of the most recent additions, the AIU International School. High-tech classrooms that are conducive for the teaching and learning process of the 21st century serve as the perfect complement to its existing high standard facilities.
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The Souq - Shopping Mall
Another prominent public building here is the Souq Albukhary, a shopping mall that has been drawing crowds from Alor Setar and as far north as the Kedah-Thai border. The five-storey mall stands out with its distinctive Moghul-inspired facade of an arched gateway, watchtowers and repetitive arcades. The Souq’s drawcard is its tenants that include a well-established hypermarket and several chain of stores and restaurants that have made their first appearance in the northern city of Peninsular Malaysia.