Monthly Archives: March 2018

Thumbay Group Opens New Clinic, Pharmacy in Kalba-Sharjah

Thumbay Group Opens New Clinic, Pharmacy in Kalba-Sharjah

More clinics and pharmacies are at various stages of development at multiple locations in Dubai and Sharjah, in addition to the teaching hospital, rehabilitation center and dental hospital opening in Al Jurf – Ajman shortly, as part of the group’s strategic plans

Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division opened a new Thumbay Clinic in Kalba, Sharjah, on 29th March 2018, expanding its growing network of family clinics in the UAE. A Thumbay Pharmacy outlet under the group’s Retail Division was also opened adjacent to the new clinic.

Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group was the chief guest of the opening function. Also present were Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay – Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group, and other members of Thumbay Group Board.

“Thumbay academic hospitals and clinics are committed to delivering high-quality, patient-focused, cost-effective healthcare. We are happy to make our services available to people in and around Kalba. The clinic will provide a range of specialist services to the community, consolidating Thumbay Clinics’ reputation as a popular chain of family clinics,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay.

Dr. Thumbay Moideen said that the new clinic and pharmacy where the latest additions as part of Thumbay Group’s global expansion plans, aiming to scale up the businesses at least ten times, establishing global presence and increasing the employee strength to 25,000 in the next 4-5 years. “The Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1000 beds in the UAE, 1500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa by 2022, in addition to upcoming clinics, day care hospitals, labs and pharmacies at various locations,” he said, elaborating on the plans for the healthcare division.”

The group plans to open at least six more clinics and several more pharmacies, as part of the expansion plans this year. Clinics and pharmacies are at various stages of development in locations including Deira Waterfront, Dragon Mart and Bur Dubai in Dubai and Abu Shagara and Rahmaniya Mall in Sharjah.  This is in addition to the new projects coming up in the Gulf Medical University campus in Al Jurf, Ajman: the 500-bed Thumbay Hospital – the biggest private academic hospital in the region, Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre – an advance rehabilitation center and Thumbay Dental Hospital – a 60-chair dental hospital in Al Jurf – Ajman, scheduled to be operational under the Healthcare Division in the next few months.

Centrally located in Kalba at Al Wahda Street, the new clinic has specialist doctors in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dental, General Medicine and X – ray, complete with laboratory services. The clinic will be open from 8am to 11pm Saturday to Thursday, and 9am to 12pm and 5pm to 10pm, on Fridays.  The new Thumbay Pharmacy offering the complete range of medical equipment and rehabilitation care products is located next to the clinic.

To celebrate the opening, Thumbay Clinic – Kalba will be offering visitors free consultation with specialist doctors, as well as free blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI checkups until 15th April 2018.

Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman and Fujairah honored by UAE Ministry of Health for ‘Excellence in Quality’

Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman and Fujairah honored by UAE Ministry of Health for ‘Excellence in Quality’

Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman and Fujairah, part of the network of academic hospitals under Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division, were honored by His Excellency Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Asst. Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and License Sector in the UAE Ministry of Health, for their efforts in pursuing and attaining international quality accreditation in patient care.

The private ceremony held at Roda Al Bustan Hotel, Dubai, was led by H.E Dr Amin Al Amiri and a delegation of MOH officials from the health policy and licensing sector, with the audience compromising of top hospitals, medical centers and specialty clinics of the Northern Emirates.

Thumbay Hospital Ajman and Fujairah were commended among top hospitals from the private sector licensed under the MOH that were continually working to raise the standards of quality and was therefore selected to be honored at the prestigious event.

The awards were received by Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President – Healthcare Division and Board Member of Thumbay Group. Thumbay Group was the only healthcare group that received two awards at the ceremony, highlighting their efforts in providing world-class healthcare.

“The award highlights the remarkable, compassionate care provided by our hospitals. We are proud to deliver world-class care at affordable costs through Thumbay Hospitals, the only private academic hospital network in the region,” said Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group.

“Serving patients from over 175 countries through Thumbay Hospitals, we are dedicated more than ever to maintain high standards of quality and patient safety in our hospitals,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay. “I take this opportunity to congratulate Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman and Fujairah, for their continued dedication to quality improvement,” he added.

Speaking at the event, H.E. Dr. Amin Al Amiri highlighted the importance of constantly pursuing high quality international accreditation, ensuring that the facilities promoted highest safety standards and best patient care. He also announced soon-to-launch initiatives such as star rating system for individual hospital departments and new practices for medical negligence reporting.

Thumbay Hospitals and Clinics Observe ‘Earth Hour’ in Solidarity with Global Efforts to Highlight Climate Change

Thumbay Hospitals and Clinics Observe ‘Earth Hour’ in Solidarity with Global Efforts to Highlight Climate Change

Thumbay Hospitals, the largest network of private academic hospitals in the Middle East region owned by Thumbay Group, as well as the Thumbay Clinic and Thumbay Hospital Day Care networks observed the ‘Earth Hour’ on 24th March 2018 by symbolically dimming their non-essential lightings for one hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Located at Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain in the UAE and Hyderabad-India, all the hospitals and clinics under Thumbay Group’s healthcare division participated in the initiative which was held as part of the Group’s CSR drive. Doctors, staffs, patients and visitors at the hospitals and clinics participated in the event.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group said, “Climate change is a global phenomenon which threatens to endanger our planet. By going dark for an hour, we have expressed our support for this annual global event to emphasize the importance of climate action.”

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, on the last Saturday of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

Gulf Medical University Students Celebrate Cultural Diversity at Global Day 2018

Gulf Medical University Students Celebrate Cultural Diversity at Global Day 2018

Attended by a huge crowd of over 3000, the students from 80+ nationalities celebrated their cultural brilliance with costumes, food and performances.

Gulf Medical University (GMU), the leading medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group celebrated its annual ‘Global Day 2018’ on 16th March 2018. More than 3000 attendees including the students and staff of the University as well as their families and friends gathered at the University grounds to join the celebrations. Celebrated every year, the GMU Global Day seeks to admire the unity in cultural diversity of GMU’s student community hailing from over 80 nationalities. The event gives the students an opportunity to display the essence of their ethnicities and cultures.

Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU was the chief guest of GMU Global Day 2018. The celebrations were inaugurated by Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Vice Provost – Academics, in the presence of the Deans of GMU’s colleges. Accompanied by the Vice Provost and Deans, the Chancellor toured the country pavilions where students had exhibited the food and costumes, as well as other exhibits relevant to their culture and history. Admiring the students’ efforts, he said that the annual Global Day was an occasion to celebrate the togetherness of GMU’s students and staff, emphasizing the University’s ‘Unity in Diversity’.

The GMU campus gleamed with colors and adornments as individual countries set up their pavilions to display their ethnic costumes and cuisines. Students were dressed in their respective traditional attires, and performed their traditional music and dance forms on stage, entertaining the audience with some great displays of talent.  Various competitions were held, such as selection of the best pavilion, food, hospitality, teamwork, country performances, as well as talent and fashion shows.

Individual pavilions were set up for the following countries: Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, India, Egypt and Yemen. Prizes were awarded to the winners of competitions in various categories.

Prizes in various categories:

Best Food: Bahrain & Yemen

Best Entrance Gate: UAE

Best Hospitality: Saudi Arabia

Best Teamwork: Egypt

Best Stall: UAE & Bahrain (1st Prize), Yemen & Saudi Arabia (2nd Prize), Jordan/Palestine & Syria/Lebanon (3rd Prize)

Cultural Performance: India (1st Prize), Nigeria (2nd Prize), Iraq & Palestine (3rd Prize)

Fashion Show – Male: Syria (1st Prize), India (2nd Prize), Egypt (3rd Prize)

Fashion Show – Female: Syria (1st Prize), India (2nd Prize), Egypt (3rd Prize)

Talent Show: Rhythm Risers (1st Prize), Mr. Shariq Khan & Mr. Shone Joe Ukken (2nd Prize), Ms. Aishwarya Nair (3rd Prize)

National Qualification Authority Experts Visit Gulf Medical University

National Qualification Authority Experts Visit Gulf Medical University

The National Occupational Standard Development Experts from National Qualification Authority, Government of UAE visited Gulf Medical University, Ajman on March 05th 2018.

Gulf Medical University greeted the NQA team Adele McLean, Yulia Kolpakova and Denise Riini National Occupational Standard Development Experts. The purpose of the visit was to develop National Occupational Standards for the Medical Tourism, Nursing and Medical Imaging sectors.

The NQA team had in-depth discussions and exchanged thoughts with the Honourable Chancellor Prof. Hossam Hamdy and Vice Provost Prof. Manda Venkatramana for collaboration on Medical Education Excellence.  Prof Hossam Hamdy assured the NQA team that GMU shall provide expertise as a specialized medical university in developing medical competency standards for health professions in the United Arab Emirates.

The GMU team was led by Dr. Anil Bankar, Assistant Professor – Medical Tourism in coordination with Dr.Dilip Giri, Director- Institutional Planning and Research and Dr. Praveen Kumar, Dean- College of Health Sciences.

The NQA team toured  GMU campus and visited the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare,  the Thumbay Institute for Precision Medicine and Thumbay Labs. In the second session, Dr. Anil Bankar, Assistant Professor – Medical Tourism who is also a member of Sector Advisory Committee of NQA delivered a talk on Medical Tourism Education.  The team was very impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities and were overwhelmed with the generosity and expertise during their visit.


Thumbay Group’s Terrace of Restaurant in Sharjah Launches Karavalli Cuisine

Thumbay Group’s Terrace of Restaurant in Sharjah Launches Karavalli Cuisine

Terrace Restaurant, part of the chain of multi-cuisine restaurants from Thumbay Group’s hospitality division, launched the new Karavalli cuisine at their outlet in Rolla, Sharjah. The chief guest of the launch ceremony was Mr. Nazeer Hussain P., Director – Finance & Budget and Board Member of Thumbay Group along with celebrity guest, Malayalam actress and RJ Ms. Meera Nandan.

Mr. Nazeer and Ms. Meera were introduced to the Karavalli cuisine, a food menu inclusive of dishes from the coastal area of Southwest India. They congratulated Mr. Farhad C., Director – Hospitality Division & Board Member of Thumbay Group for initiating the launch of this distinctive cuisine to the food loving communities based around Sharjah. Mr. Farhad C. explained: “Terrace is an off-shoot of Thumbay Group and has international cuisines on their culinary platter. Taking the destination theme to the next level, we have launched a new cuisine called Karavalli. Essentially, this is cuisine from South India in which we have selected a few key recipes from Kerala, Mangalore, and Goa.  We want this to be a destination restaurant in Sharjah where we cater to the entire mix of nationalities here in the UAE.”

With a core focus on authentic South Indian food that is normally served back home, Mr. Farhad said: “We want to bring the culture back and infuse a homemade feel to it. As Rolla is densely populated with South Indians, we opted to launch a cuisine that caters specifically to this group.”

As a well-known brand name, Terrace is rebranding itself to focus on a specific cuisine, revealed Mr. Farhad, and added: “Instead of generalizing ourselves to an international menu, we want to take it cuisine-wise as a destination restaurant. Within this theme, our next outlet to be launched in Ajman will be Terrace Grills which will have a special focus on grills and barbeque cuisine, keeping in mind the Arab, Indian, and Pakistani communities there. We also have an upcoming Terrace Pinoy which will focus on Filipino cuisine in Satwa, Dubai, catering to the expats from the Philippines.”

About Thumbay Hospitality Division:

The Thumbay Group has its presence in the hospitality industry; with multi-cuisine restaurant chain THE TERRACE, operating in five outlets across Ajman, Dubai, and Fujairah. Also, the hospitality division runs signature coffee shop outlets under the brand name Blends and Brews Coffee Shoppe.

The Terrace products and menus are prepared by skillful, specialized, and experienced chefs and nutritionists to help cater healthy and delicious food. What sets Terrace apart is the attention to detail and the focus on quality. From maintaining stringent food preparation standards to creating the perfect ambience, the team is extremely passionate about executing everything to the highest standards.

H.E Dr. Rashid Alleem, Chairman of SEWA, delivers Inspiring Speech on Leadership and Sustainability to Thumbay Group’s Top Executives

H.E Dr. Rashid Alleem, Chairman of SEWA, delivers Inspiring Speech on Leadership and Sustainability to Thumbay Group’s Top Executives

The corporate leadership of Thumbay Group, in the presence of the institution’s founder president, Dr. Thumbay Moideen and Group Board Members, witnessed an inspirational speech on the importance of leadership, sustainability and innovation by H.E Dr. Rashid Alleem, Chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority.

Widely considered as one of the most prominent leading thinkers in the fields of the economical businesses, H.E Dr. Rashid Alleem, is also a key influencer in the development of corporate leadership skills on both local and international levels. He is a passionate writer, Environmentalist, ranks 3rd among the 25 most influential CEOs in GCC, and an internationally respected transformational leader.

Prior to his motivating speech, H.E. Dr Rashid was taken on a comprehensive tour of the Gulf Medical University campus by Dr. Thumbay Moideen. Dr. Rashid said “It is so impressive to see how much research, innovation and cutting-edge technology that has been developed in the University. It is a great achievement by Dr. Moideen, one that will create a legacy”. He was particularly impressed with the laboratories and the advanced research facilities at the Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research (TIPMTR)

Touching on various current scenarios around the world, H.E Dr. Rashid emphasized on the value of quality education, critical thinking, sustainability and creating a positive change. Peppered with humour and various life anecdotes, Dr. Rashid captivated the attention of the audience at Gulf Medical University. The session closed out with the felicitation of H.E. Dr. Rashid by Dr. Moideen, he gave attendees many points to ponder out and closed his speech to a standing ovation.

About Thumbay Group

Established by the Founder President Dr. Thumbay Moideen in 1998, today the Dubai-based Thumbay Group is a diversified international business conglomerate with presence across 20 sectors of business including Education, Healthcare, Medical Research, Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Retail Opticals, Wellness, Nutrition Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Publishing, Technology, Media, Events, Medical Tourism, Trading and Marketing & Distribution. Thumbay Group follows a strategic plan, according to which the Group aims to expand its businesses over ten times, with global presence. Accordingly, the Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1000 beds in the UAE, 1500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa by 2022, taking the total number of hospitals to 15 worldwide. The strategic vision plan aims to increase the group’s employee strength to 25,000 by the year 2022.

Over 40 Trophies Awarded to Winners of Gulf Medical University’s Annual Sports Festival 2018

Over 40 Trophies Awarded to Winners of Gulf Medical University’s Annual Sports Festival 2018

The 17th Annual Sports Festival of Gulf Medical University –Ajman, considered the largest inter-university sports festival in the region, ended with a colorful closing ceremony held at the University campus on 1st March 2018. Held over 6 days starting 24th February, the event brought together sportsmen and sportswomen from around 24 colleges and universities who competed in 226 events across 10 categories.

The closing ceremony of the Annual Sports Festival 2018 held at the GMU campus in Ajman was inaugurated by the chief guest of the event, the Chancellor of GMU – Prof. Hossam Hamdy, in the presence of the Vice-Provost, the Deans of the colleges of GMU, the sports directors, officials and students from the participating institutions as well as GMU students. More than 40 trophies for the winners were awarded by the chief guest.  All the participants were awarded certificates of participation. This year’s event had competitions in football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, tennis, badminton, throw ball, squash and swimming.

The grand sports festival is held each year keeping in view the philosophy of GMU “Healthy Body for a Healthy Mind” and to instill the spirit of sportsmanship and healthy competition among the students, according to Dr. Joshua Ashok, Dean – Student Affairs, who is also Chairman-Sports Committee of GMU. He thanked Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder, President Board of Governors of GMU for his constant support to the annual sports festival. “The Annual Sports Festival of GMU is getting bigger and better with each passing year. We thank the participating institutions for making this a hugely popular and successful event,” he said.

The festival was hosted and organized by Body & Soul Health Club and Spa, the award-winning network of health clubs operated by the Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group. The closing ceremony was followed by a banquet dinner.