Thumbay University Hospital Introduces Innovative Long-Term Care Services, Setting Milestone as the largest 100-bed facility in the Northern Emirates
  • Comprehensive Palliative Care, Post-Surgery Rehabilitation, and Chronic Disease Management in a 24/7 Hospital Environment
  • Supported by Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital, a premium 60,000 sq. ft. Facility, Offering Neurocognitive Rehab, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Care

Acknowledging the healthcare needs of patients in UAE and neighboring regions, Thumbay University Hospital has introduced new services at its 100-bedded Long-Term Care Facility- now setting the milestones as one of the largest in the Northern Emirates. Focused on patient-centered care, the facility, located within a 24/7 hospital setting, ensures continuous support through a dedicated team of professionals operating in shifts. Personalized care plans, crafted by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and social workers, provide comprehensive attention tailored to individual needs.


The facility is also backed completely by the Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital- the largest and most advanced rehab facility in the UAE- spans 60,000 sq. ft. and offers comprehensive therapy services, including neurocognitive rehab, sports medicine, and orthopedic care. Supported entirely by this state-of-the-art hospital, it features a Hydrotherapy Pool, Robotics, and a Full Body Cryotherapy Chamber, providing personalized, high-tech treatments in a supportive environment that promotes holistic recovery.

Speaking about the care offered, Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice president, Thumbay Healthcare, explained, “…we prioritize providing specialized services that cater to the unique needs of our patients at Thumbay University Hospital’s Long-Term Care Facility. Our focus on palliative care, post-surgery rehabilitation, and chronic disease management ensures that every patient receives comprehensive support for their physical, mental, and cognitive health. Palliative care is particularly crucial, aiming to enhance the quality of life for cancer and terminally ill patients through effective symptom management and compassionate support for both patients and their families.”

Furthermore, the Long-Term Care Center’s advanced technologies are smoothly incorporated into patient care and rehabilitation–improving treatment results and promoting overall well-being. “While Electric Stimulation and Sensory Feedback provide targeted therapies, Advanced Robotics and Driving Simulators are used for therapeutic workouts. Along with wearable technologies for ongoing health monitoring, patients also benefit from hydrotherapy for rehabilitation and full body cryotherapy for pain treatment. With therapies like Short Wave Diathermic Therapy and a Zero-Gravity Treadmill to maximize recuperation, the Therapeutic Garden offers a healing ecosystem,” he added.

One of the unique aspects of the center is maintaining ‘high standards of care through ongoing education and collaboration at the group. Akbar emphasized, “To meet this paramount need, professionals including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and social workers, engage in continuous training to stay abreast of the latest caregiving techniques and medical advancements. These efforts are integral to evidence-based practices- ensuring optimal care for patients recovering from various health challenges. By developing a collaborative environment among interdisciplinary teams, the facility aims to create a safe, comfortable, and supportive atmosphere where residents receive personalized attention and holistic care.”

Providing a vibrant community where residents can engage in a range of activities and amenities designed to enhance their well-being and quality of life, the residents have access to local newspapers and a library for relaxation and staying informed. In addition video calls are facilitated with grandchildren and children promoting connections with loved ones, and weekly yoga sessions for physical and mental well-being, the services cater to diverse needs. The therapeutic garden and swimming pool provide serene environments for relaxation and exercise, complemented by weekly outings to malls in Dubai and walks along the Corniche in Ajman. Additional offerings such as spa treatments, social support, clinical supervision, medication management, personal laundry services, and specialized dietary options ensure a secure, safe, and supportive living environment.

The facility has collaborated with multiple insurance providers to offer comprehensive coverage for both in-patient and out-patient services, and patients can benefit from international consultation via video and online assessments free of charge. The hospital also facilitates travel arrangements and visa assistance, with complimentary airport drop-off and pick-up services, in addition to discounted airfare for family members visiting during the patient’s stay, ensuring smooth access and supportive healthcare experience.

Gulf Medical University Targets Doubling its capacity by 2026, Focused on Innovation, Research and Industry Collaboration

To broaden career opportunities for students in health professions, ramp up innovation, and highlight the crucial role of pioneering research, Gulf Medical University (GMU) organized an Industry Partners Meet on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai. This event, which served as a collaborative forum linking academia with the business sector, drew notable industry leaders, executives, and professionals from various fields.


Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group, graced the event as the chief guest. During his keynote address, he unveiled Gulf Medical University’s forward-looking strategy, announcing plans to launch the Thumbay College of Management and AI in Healthcare, which will offer unique undergraduate and postgraduate programs across Dubai, Saudi Arabia, London, and Singapore. Additionally, he highlighted that the university, in its commitment to expanding academic offerings, will introduce new courses in the 2025/2026 academic year. This expansion will bring the total number of accredited programs to 45, with the ambitious goal of doubling its capacity over the next three years.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the newly launched projects, Dr. Thumbay Moideen stated, “Over the last 25 years, Gulf Medical University has achieved the significant milestone of being the leading private Medical University in the region. With 6 Colleges, 4 Institutes, and 3 Centers, offering 39 accredited programs to students from 102 nations worldwide, our strength lies in our Academic Health System encompassing 7 hospitals, 5 clinics, 46 pharmacies, and 5 labs. With ties to over 70 global universities, research institutions, and hospitals, GMU stands at the forefront of healthcare education. Looking ahead, GMU eagerly anticipates the launch of Thumbay College of Management and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, pioneering UG and PG programs. By 2025/26, we will expand to 45 accredited programs and aim to double student intake within three years.”


Dr. Moideen added, “I would like to take this opportunity to invite all our esteemed partners to scale innovative ideas, provide internships for our students, collaborate on joint research, establish joint simulation labs, and participate in our annual career fair to recruit future healthcare leaders. With a roadmap to enhance the future of medicine, I extend heartfelt thanks to Prof. Hossam Hamdy and the university’s team, and to all partners for their tremendous support to our vision.”

Furthermore, a primary aim of the gathering was to facilitate internship opportunities for students across various fields, bridging the divide between academia and industry and offering them valuable practical experience. Distinguished representatives from sectors like healthcare, technology, engineering, and finance actively participated in constructive dialogues with faculty and students of Gulf Medical University, exploring avenues for fruitful partnerships. The event highlighted a variety of student-focused initiatives, including scholarships, training programs, residency and elective opportunities, job placements, collaborative research projects, industry visits, and a career fair. These endeavors emphasized the university’s dedication to preparing students for the evolving challenges of the industry and enhancing their career prospects in the healthcare sector.

“I am glad to observe the significant interest and enthusiasm shown at our gathering today,” said Professor Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University. “With a strong emphasis on enhancing educational standards, broadening our range of programs, and developing an Academic Health System, the university aims to offer students a comprehensive and state-of-the-art learning experience. Todays event is a reflection of International Collaboration with top universities and Healthcare Industry Partners

Over the next five years, our vision is for Gulf Medical University to lead in innovation, digital transformation, and the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in health education. Additionally, our commitment to becoming an environmentally friendly institution and promoting sustainable healthcare practices aligns with our ambition to be the top choice for healthcare education in the region. By attracting the brightest talents, we are confident that Gulf Medical University will establish itself as a center of excellence in healthcare education, positioned to lead the sector and shape the future of healthcare.”

The Industry Partner Meet concluded on a positive note, as participants showed keen interest in continued collaboration and backing Gulf Medical University’s goal of preparing capable professionals equipped to tackle the demands of a swiftly changing world.

Dr. Thumbay Moideen to receive Honorary Doctorate from Mangalore University

Dubai, UAE: Thumbay Group is proud to announce that its Founder and President, Dr. Thumbay Moideen, will receive an honorary doctorate from Mangalore University at its 42nd annual convocation in June 2024. This honor celebrates Dr. Moideen’s exceptional contributions to business, healthcare, and education, solidifying his legacy as a visionary leader in these fields.

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Dr. Moideen, born on March 23, 1957, in Mangalore, India, is a third-generation entrepreneur who expanded his family business into a global conglomerate. Under his leadership, Thumbay Group, headquartered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has grown into a diversified entity encompassing 20 sectors and employing over 3,000 people in the UAE. Forbes Middle East has recognized him as one of “The Top Indian Business Leaders in The Arab World.”

In addition to his business achievements, Dr. Moideen is an influential figure in various organizations. He is the Chief Patron of the Ajman Indian Association, Indian Business Council in Ajman, Beary’s Association in Dubai, and Karnataka Sangha in Sharjah. Internationally, he serves as the President of the Asian Hospital Federation’s UAE region and is a member of both the International Hospital Federation in France and the International Association of University Presidents.

Dr. Moideen’s illustrious career has earned him numerous awards. In 2022, he received the ‘Vishwa Manya’ award from the Maharaja of Mysore. His leadership was recognized with the ‘Global Leader 2023’ award at the NDTV Gulf Indian Excellence Awards and the ‘Gulf Karnataka Ratna’ Award 2023, underscoring his impact on healthcare, education and was ranked the No. 1 NRI from Karnataka to receive this award.

Dr. Moideen stands as the only Indian to own and operate the largest private medical university outside India. His leadership continues to inspire the Thumbay Group’s growth, driven by a commitment to innovation, excellence, and community welfare.

Gulf Medical University and Meridian Health Care sign MoU to enhance Advancement of AI in Healthcare, Research, and Education
  • MoU aims to explore collaboration in various areas, including the development of research projects, enhancement of AI-focused curriculum, training on AI applications, and faculty development initiatives.

Ajman: Marking a significant stride towards the future of healthcare education and research, Gulf Medical University (GMU), the region’s largest private health professions’ institute, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Meridian Healthcare. Spearheaded by Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University, and Prof. Ahmed ElSerafi, CEO of Meridian Health Care, this collaboration aims to strengthen GMU’s education system, scientific research, and community services through the seamless integration of artificial intelligence (AI).


Under the provisions of this MoU, both Gulf Medical University’s Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare and Meridian Healthcare will lead research and education initiatives in AI advancements that will create a diverse array of opportunities, such as conducting joint research projects, establishing research groups, and developing mentorship programs for health professions’ students. The partnership will, further, involve raising awareness about AI, training on its applications, and promoting related scientific research through collaborations with international AI companies. All the same, Gulf Medical University will facilitate this initiative by providing lecture halls and suitable training facilities across its various colleges. The outcomes of this collaboration will further reinforce UAE’s position as a leading destination for innovation in healthcare and life sciences.

Commenting on the collaboration, Professor Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University, expressed his excitement, saying: “We are pleased to partner with Meridian Healthcare to cultivate and enhance the skills of health professionals, guiding the future of healthcare delivery. At Gulf Medical University, healthcare is a fundamental pillar, and we are committed to advancing AI research and development through the Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare. Moreover, it will also contribute to the professional development of our faculty members, enhancing their knowledge base and expertise in this rapidly evolving field. This collaboration, in addition, will aid healthcare professionals, raise awareness about AI applications in the sector, and create significant opportunities to enhance healthcare with AI. It will also contribute to establishing the UAE as a leading hub for AI-driven health professions education.”

Meanwhile, Prof. Ahmed ElSerafi, CEO of Meridian Health Care, “The signing of the MoU with Gulf Medical University marks a significant milestone for us. By leveraging the combined expertise of the Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare and Meridian Healthcare, we have the opportunity to delve into a variety of applications of artificial intelligence in research and education. This partnership enables us to anticipate and influence the future healthcare landscape and community through innovative approaches.”

Last year, the Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare partnered with MIT xPRO to launch a virtual course called ‘AI in Healthcare’, aiming to enhance medical education and knowledge exchange in AI-driven healthcare solutions. The institute also launched full-fledged certificate programmes, aligning with UAE Ministry of Education guidelines, and plans to transition into long-duration programmes, equipping graduates with AI solutions for the healthcare industry.

Over 100 Network Providers Unite at Aafiya’s Meet to Strengthen Collaboration in Northern Emirates

Dubai: In a bid to strengthen relationships, Aafiya TPA, a leading Third-Party Administrator (TPA) in the healthcare sector, organized a key event for network providers in the Northern Emirates. The main goals were to enhance connections, highlight Aafiya’s presence in the area, and provide a brief training session on Aafiya’s operations and member services. The event was a big success with over 100 network providers attending, including representatives from Ajman Speciality General Hospital, Burjeel Speciality Hospital, Saudi German Hospital, Thumbay Hospital, Medcare Hospital, Aster Hospital, Anglo Arabian Healthcare among many other prominent healthcare providers.


Mr. Nabil Shanawani, Assistant General Manager (Life & Medical) at Al Buhaira National Insurance Company, graced the event as the chief guest. In his speech, he congratulated Aafiya on its 10 years of success and shared his positive experiences with the company. He remarked, “Since its inception in 2013, Aafiya has rapidly emerged as the largest TPA for the SME segment and other higher categories within just a decade. We have collaborated with Aafiya for the past 7-8 years, and in the recent three years, we have witnessed significant expansion and improvements in the services provided to clients, along with excellent cooperation with medical providers. We are confident that Aafiya stands as one of the largest TPAs for us in the Northern Emirates. I urge all medical providers to cooperate with Aafiya to ensure patients receive proper care. Together, Aafiya and the providers can deliver excellent service to our clients.”


The event focused on training network providers about Aafiya’s systems and processes, aiming to enhance the ease and quality of service for its members. It also emphasized the importance of strong collaboration between Aafiya and healthcare providers to ensure efficient and effective patient care.

In addition, Mr.  Ali Zaidi, General Manager at Aafiya, addressed the network providers, saying, “We’re glad to see such a great turnout today. It’s our strong partnerships with all of you that have enabled Aafiya to grow and serve our community effectively. Over the past decade, we’ve worked hard to improve our services and support our network providers, and it’s clear that our collective efforts are making a real difference. Let’s continue to collaborate closely to ensure that we provide the best possible care for our patients. Together, we can achieve even greater success in the years to come.”

With the Northern Emirates making insurance mandatory, Aafiya TPA is dedicated to providing its members with high-quality healthcare services. The firm is ramping up efforts to execute key strategies in sync with technology and transforming their processes both internally and externally for improved services to their valued partners. Meanwhile, Mr. Andrew Smith, Advisory Board Member at Aafiya, shared his insights at the network providers meet, stating, “In the last eighteen months, Aafiya has undergone a remarkable transformation, particularly in the integration of digital technology and AI. We’ve been working diligently to modernize our processes and enhance the services we provide. This shift is not just about keeping up with the times; it’s about setting a new standard in healthcare delivery. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, we’re making it easier and more efficient for our partners to offer top-notch care to patients.

Aafiya’s efforts are aimed at adding value to members, insurance partners, and healthcare providers. Over the last decade, millions of members and insurers have trusted Aafiya to manage their health insurance delivery channels.

Gulf Medical University Collaborates with Top Chinese Medical Universities to Enhance Health Professions Education and Research

Ajman: Gulf Medical University (GMU), UAE’s leading private health professions institute with a 25-year-old legacy, has partnered with three of China’s premier medical universities: Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, and Peking University Health Science Center. Now in its sixth year, this cooperative initiative has produced notable results that have benefited all participating institutions.

GMUProfessor Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University felicitated by Prof. Duan Liping, Vice President, Peking University Health Science Center during his recent visit to China.

The provision of scholarships to 26 faculty members from Sun Yat-sen University’s First Affiliated Hospital—18 of whom have now successfully earned a Master of Health Profession Education from Gulf Medical University—is one of the organization’s major accomplishments. Since the inception of this partnership, Gulf Medical University has been committed to nurturing academic excellence and innovation. Additionally, the collaboration has facilitated active student exchange programs with all three Chinese universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These exchange programs have enabled students to gain invaluable cross-cultural experiences and exposure to diverse medical practices, enriching their academic and professional development.

This summer, the Gulf Medical University is set to welcome six students from Zhejiang University who will attend specialized training at the university’s Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine. The focus of this training will be on cutting-edge research in cancer immunology, reflecting GMU’s commitment to advancing medical research and innovation. This initiative not only enhances the students’ research capabilities but also contributes to the global fight against cancer through collaborative scientific exploration.

The sustained collaboration between GMU and these top-tier Chinese universities exemplifies the power of international partnerships in advancing medical education and research. Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Gulf Medical University, said, “Our collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, and Peking University Health Science Center is a reflection of our shared commitment to promoting academic excellence and innovation. We are proud of the achievements we have made together and look forward to continuing our work to benefit our students, faculty, and the global medical community.”

Moreover, the recent visit of Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University, to Peking University in China has resulted in a new collaboration agreement for faculty and student exchange, as well as faculty development in medical education and research. Prof. Hossam stated, “Through academic research and healthcare collaboration with top Chinese universities, Gulf Medical University aligns with the UAE’s vision and its leaders, emphasizing the importance of strategic collaboration with China in education, research, and technology transfer, benefiting both countries.”

Going forward, Gulf Medical University is also organizing the first international Arab-China medical conference under the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative in 2025.

Thumbay Group Spearheads AI Adoption and Transformation of Healthcare and Medical Education

Responding to the technological advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Thumbay Group has established a dedicated division focused on AI transformation- showcasing proactive commitment to leveraging artificial intelligence for the transformation of medical education training and enhancement of clinical healthcare service delivery. With an eye toward the future, Thumbay Group’s initiative signals a major leap forward in adopting cutting-edge technology to shape the future of healthcare.

Thumbay Group

Speaking about the group’s strategic goals, Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President, Thumbay Group, stated, “As we transition into the age of artificial intelligence, our core businesses—including medical education and healthcare delivery—are strategically aligned to ensure that AI solutions address real healthcare needs, interdisciplinary partnerships are essential, fostering an environment conducive to innovation. The AI transformation division will act as a catalyst, implement best practices, and highlight the significant impact of technology and data science on patient care and treatment outcomes.”

Under Gulf Medical University’s Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare—the first-of-its-kind in the region—an industry-specific curriculum is offered for to all health professions students. It also developing certificate, Diploma and master’s programs in the future. GMU has already introduced AI as stream in all its medical programs. The institute hosts a Student AI club with over 200 students who actively promote partnerships, organize events, facilitate knowledge exchange, and develop innovative solutions. As healthcare education continues to evolve, Gulf Medical University’s curriculum now equips health professionals with the necessary skills to utilize the expanding landscape of technology. Driven by advancements in AI, big data analysis, and cybersecurity, the curriculum seamlessly integrates these elements into health professions education, preparing students across all programs and colleges for a future where technology is integral to patient care.

Meanwhile, in the clinical delivery sector, AI Road map is underway to enhance efficiency across all our academic hospitals, daycare centers, clinics, diagnostics, and pharmacies. Initially, AI will be deployed to streamline tasks such as financial management, patient scheduling, billing, marketing, and resource management. This optimization is expected to reduce operational costs, minimize human error, and enable healthcare staff to focus more on patient care.

“Empowering our workforce with the latest AI technologies is vital to achieving the milestones we hope for in medical education and clinical healthcare delivery. These efforts are crucial to shifting from reactive approach to proactive care, accelerating the future of quality care and research, thus cementing the UAE’s position as a leading destination for innovation in healthcare and health professions education,” Dr. Moideen concluded.

Thumbay Hospital Fujairah Marks World Hypertension Day with Awareness Event and Free Health Screenings

Fujairah: Recognizing the critical importance of raising public awareness about high blood pressure and to mark World Hypertension Day, Thumbay Hospital Fujairah in collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent, organized an impactful event. The initiative included free consultations and checkups at corporate companies and an awareness session at the hospital. Patients who successfully managed their blood pressure through regular doctor visits, medication adherence, and following medical advice were acknowledged and rewarded. Attendees received various gifts, including blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring devices, and the hospital introduced a Special Hypertension Package to further support patients in managing their health.

Thumbay Hospital Fujairah

During the event, Dr. C.R. Sathyanarayanan, Medical Director and Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at Thumbay Hospital Fujairah, provided an insightful briefing on the signs and symptoms of hypertension. He emphasized that this condition is increasingly prevalent across all age groups in society, highlighting the urgent need for widespread awareness and proactive management.

Highlighting the critical health risks associated with illness, Dr. C.R. Sathyanarayanan, said, “Hypertension, commonly known as high BP, often goes unnoticed due to its asymptomatic nature, making regular monitoring essential. There are severe health risks associated with hypertension such as heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke, paralysis, and memory loss. The normal BP level for adults should be under 140/90 mm Hg, while for individuals with diabetes, it should be closer to 130/80 mm Hg to mitigate additional cardiovascular risks.”

Dr. Sathyanarayanan, in addition, highlighted the importance of preventive measures, urging everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle by exercising daily, avoiding smoking, staying hydrated, regularly checking blood pressure, reducing salt intake and managing stress. Furthermore, he recommended regular medical consultations to monitor and manage blood pressure effectively, noting that early detection and intervention are crucial to preventing the severe complications associated with hypertension.

Thumbay Hospital, Fujairah is a 60-bedded full-fledged multispecialty hospital providing quality care at affordable prices. The hospital is equipped with various specialty departments & services supported by highly qualified and experienced doctors, technicians and trained nurses. It is accredited to various international bodies apart from the Ministry of Health, UAE.

About Thumbay Healthcare Network

Thumbay Group’s healthcare division presently operates academic hospitals in the UAE (Ajman, Fujairah & Sharjah) as well as a network of day care centers and state-of-the-art family clinics at various locations in the UAE, making it the largest network of private academic hospitals in the region.

All the hospitals and clinics provide clinical training for the students of Gulf Medical University (GMU) – Ajman, the leading private medical university in the region owned by Thumbay Group. They treat patients from over 175 nationalities and are staffed by doctors, nurses and technicians from over 25 different countries, speaking more than 50 languages. Thumbay Group also operates CAP-accredited diagnostic labs (Thumbay Labs) and retail pharmacy outlets (Thumbay Pharmacy), in the UAE.

Gulf Medical University’s Annual Research Day Decodes Breakthroughs in Oncology Therapies and AI-Based Brain Imaging

In an effort to create a dynamic platform for recognizing outstanding breakthroughs in health professions’ research, the Annual GMU Research Day was held on 2nd and 3rd May 2024 at the Gulf Medical University campus in Al Jurf, Ajman. Organized by the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM) in collaboration with the six colleges at Gulf Medical University (GMU), this event served as a platform to showcase research from international medical institutes, as well as the colleges of GMU, and clinical research at Thumbay Healthcare. A total of 28 research projects were presented by faculty members, with a whopping number of 122 posters displayed and presented by students involved in research projects.


The event featured a wide array of research topics, reflecting the institution’s multidisciplinary approach to research. Highlights included studies on new combined therapies for Pancreatic Cancer, the complexity of tumor microenvironment and its targeting, and brain image analysis in cognitive disorders using AI, presented by faculty from global medical education institutions. Additionally, research on breast, lung cancer, among others further demonstrated the breadth of research undertaken by both faculty and students at GMU.

“Attending the Research Day was impressive,” said Dr. Perparim Limani, Department of Surgery and Transplantation, University Hospital Zurich following his keynote presentation. Dr. Limani added, “the work and vision of the Chancellor, Research Vice Chancellor, Deans, and the top-notch faculty members of Gulf Medical University really showcased the outstanding caliber of research and training happening here. The focus on education, research, and clinical work is what sets the stage for preparing successful healthcare professionals. What is really remarkable is the swift progress made in research within the PhD program launched at GMU just six years back. The depth of basic science research, in laboratories and using the zebrafish animal model, is a reflection of GMU’s commitment to expanding knowledge. The students have been provided with a nurturing environment, so that they can pursue research alongside their studies. This collaborative culture, involving both local and global partners, not only enhances students’ research  and education skills but also enriches their clinical practice.”

Through engaging talks and compelling poster presentations, the Research Day illuminated the breadth of research and scholarly endeavors across various disciplines at GMU. The event also served as a prime opportunity to spotlight the university’s state-of-the-art facilities and research opportunities, showcasing GMU’s dedication to innovation and excellence. With an emphasis on collaboration and multidisciplinary, the two-day event encouraged synergy among different colleges, researchers, and faculty members, cultivating a culture of innovation within the academic community.

Speaking at the conference, Professor Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor, Gulf Medical University, stated, “As the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS) is a pioneering model in the region’s private sector, seamlessly integrating healthcare, medical education, and research, we emphasize on entrustable professional activities to ensure students are prepared for real-world clinical practice through frequent assessment. GMUAHS also prioritizes research and innovation, advocating for early exposure of students to research environments to create a mindset of inquiry and innovation. Leveraging advanced technologies, the university and its affiliate institutes provides a cutting-edge educational experience, ensuring students are equipped for success in the ever-changing healthcare landscape.”

Through this event, the Thumbay Research Institute of Precision Medicine (TRIPM) aims to achieve several goals and objectives. The Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine Director and Vice Chancellor for Research at Gulf Medical University, explained, “Through events like the Annual GMU Research Day, TRIPM aims to identify researchers whose interests and expertise align closely with the institute’s focus on precision medicine. Additionally, TRIPM seeks to bolster its research capabilities by actively recruiting new faculty members who can significantly contribute to its research endeavors. Specifically, the institute aims to identify and onboard five new faculties during this event, thereby increasing its critical mass of researchers. Moreover, TRIPM prioritizes fostering collaboration not only within its own ranks but also across departments and institutions. By facilitating partnerships, TRIPM aims to catalyze innovative research projects in precision medicine that can drive meaningful advancements in healthcare in the region and beyond.”

The Research Day concluded with the announcement of poster prize winners, recognizing exceptional projects and poster presentations by students.’ Faculty members were also recognized for their contribution to research as well.

Consul-General of India His Excellency Satish Kumar Sivan visits Thumbay Medicity

With the aim of scaling knowledge sharing and facilitating mutual growth, His Excellency Satish Kumar Sivan, Consul General of the Republic of India in Dubai, paid a visit to Thumbay Medicity (Ajman). The visit aimed to strengthen engagement and establish long-term knowledge-sharing collaborations, particularly in traditional Indian healthcare practices such as Ayurveda and complementary medical systems, benefiting both entities.

The consul general was received by Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President – Thumbay Group, Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President – Thumbay Healthcare and other senior dignitaries of the management. To begin with, His Excellency Satish Kumar Sivan was provided a tour of the facilities, including Gulf Medical University University’s educational and research facilities, Thumbay Rehabilitation Hospital, Thumbay Dental Hospital and Thumbay University Hospital- to showcase the infrastructure, resources, and capabilities.


Expressing gratitude to Thumbay Group’s leadership for the warm reception, His Excellency Satish Kumar Sivan said, “Thumbay Medicity truly stands as a word-class facility, and Dr. Thumbay Moideen’s foresight, demonstrated 27 years ago, speaks volumes about his commitment to excellence. It fills me with pride to see an Indian achieve such remarkable success in the UAE, and I commend Dr. Moideen for his invaluable contributions to the community. Our discussions have been incredibly fruitful, with a shared vision of collaborating for the greater good of the community. Dr. Moideen’s willingness to extend support to the Indian community and explore avenues for integrating traditional Indian knowledge, particularly in the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) field, within Thumbay Medicity’s offerings, is truly commendable.”

He added, “I am optimistic about the possibilities for collaboration and look forward to leveraging Dr. Moideen’s expertise in various fields. Overall, it has been a positive start to what I hope will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership.” His Excellency also appreciated Thumbay Group’s efforts to establish a full-fledged Academic Health System; a first in the private sector in the region.

Thanking His Excellency Satish Kumar Sivan for the visit, Dr. Thumbay Moideen stated “We are honored by the visit and look forward to shaping a robust partnership that will mutually benefit both our organizations and the overall community. Thumbay Group is committed to elevating standards in healthcare and education, and we have outlined a three-year strategy to significantly expand our offerings and set new benchmarks in these sectors. Our focus remains on creating an environment conducive to learning, innovation, and knowledge exchange, ultimately enhancing the well-being of our communities.”

Dr. Thumbay Moideen, in addition, extended felicitations to His Excellency Satish Kumar, appreciating his valued visit.

Annual Health Awards 2024 – Recognizing Excellence in the Healthcare Industry throughout the GCC, Scheduled for November 20th, 2024
  • Introducing New Categories: Global Recognition, Medical Education, Pharma, Veterinary Care, and AI Breakthroughs

Dubai, UAE: The Fifth Annual HEALTH Awards Gala, organized by HEALTH Magazine, is gearing up to honor excellence in healthcare once again this year on November 20, 2024, in Dubai. This distinguished event serves as a platform to acknowledge remarkable contributions and innovative brilliance within the healthcare sector. Nominations from across the GCC are now open, and the addition of global categories adds sparkle to the ceremony this time, with the winners set to be revealed during a gala event in Dubai on November 20, 2024.

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New segments including Global Recognition, Medical Education, Pharma, Veterinary, and AI breakthroughs have been added to the categories. Anticipated to draw over a thousand attendees, including healthcare leaders, professionals, and prominent Arab and Bollywood celebrities, this event showcases the healthcare industry’s commitment to excellence, advancement, and celebrating success.

Following the great success of last year, where 63 esteemed awards were presented, the Annual Health Awards has been a platform to publicize and promote significant achievements in the healthcare sector since its inaugural edition. The Annual Health Awards 2024 aims to inspire healthcare professionals and institutions to dream big and embark upon great endeavors.

The UAE Ministry of Economy’s projection of healthcare spending potentially reaching $26 billion by 2028 aligns with the nation’s substantial investment in healthcare infrastructure and services. The report further states that this commitment is exemplified by the ongoing development of 700 healthcare projects, totaling $60.9 billion, primarily driven by private sector endeavors.

Dr. Thumbay Moideen, in explaining the goals of HEALTH Awards, said “These initiatives are geared towards promoting excellence and enhancing the quality and infrastructure of the healthcare industry in the region. As a result, such improvements not only cater to the local population but also position the UAE as a leading destination for medical tourism, thereby further boosting the nation’s healthcare sector.”

The HEALTH Magazine Awards are expertly run to ensure transparency and fairness in evaluating the nominees by a bench of prominent jury members.

The 2024 HEALTH Awards showcase an expanded range of categories aimed at recognizing excellence in the healthcare sector. This year, new segments have been introduced, including Global Recognition, Medical Education, Pharma, Veterinary, and AI. Under the corporate categories, accolades will be conferred upon outstanding entities across various fields, including Clinic of the Year, Hospital of the Year, Academic Hospital of the Year, Diagnostic Centre of the Year, Healthcare Insurance Company of the Year, Medical Academic Institute of the Year, Pharmaceutical Innovation of the Year, AI-Driven Healthcare Innovation of the Year, Veterinary Hospital of the Year, and Veterinary Clinic of the Year. These diverse categories reflect the multifaceted nature of the healthcare industry and highlight excellence and innovation across different sectors.

In the Individual Categories, HEALTH will honor contributions in healthcare from a personal perspective. These categories include Leaders in Healthcare, comprising Founders, Owners, and Entrepreneurs in the field; Executives in Healthcare, encompassing roles like CEO, COO, CMO, and CFO; Physicians, Surgeons, and Medical Specialists exhibiting exceptional expertise; Women in Healthcare who have made remarkable strides in the industry; Innovative Researchers in Healthcare pushing boundaries; Dedicated Nurses providing critical care; and Pharmacists ensuring the safe and effective use of medications. These categories collectively celebrate the dedication and innovation within the healthcare community, acknowledging their pivotal role in promoting health and well-being.

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Thumbay Institute of AI Healthcare Concludes Second Conference with 800 Participants, Spotlighting New Tech, Curriculum Advancement & and Youth Inclusion in Training

Ajman, UAE: Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare marked a historic milestone with the successful conclusion of the Second International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, organized by students of GMU’s AI club under the guidance of faculty. The conference, attended by 800 participants both physically and online, highlighted the pivotal role of technology and data science in shaping the future of healthcare education and practice.

As healthcare continues to evolve, Gulf Medical University announced that it is developing a curriculum aimed at equipping health professionals with the necessary skills to utilize the ever-expanding landscape of technology. Driven by advancements in AI, big data analysis, and cybersecurity, the curriculum seeks to seamlessly integrate these elements into medical education, preparing students across all programs and colleges for a future where technology is present in patient care.


“With the transition from pen and paper to computers, and now to the era of evidence-based medicine, technology has become indispensable in decision-making processes,” said Professor Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University in his keynote address. “Collaboration between technologists, healthcare practitioners, policymakers, and patients is critical in the integration of AI into healthcare. In order to ensure that AI solutions address actual healthcare demands, interdisciplinary alliances cultivate an environment that supports innovation. This conference serves as a platform to raise awareness among health professionals and health professional students about the transformative potential of technology in enhancing patient care and treatment outcomes.”

The conference featured 15 speakers who delved into topics such as the application of AI in medicine, the importance of cybersecurity in AI-driven healthcare, and the use of pattern and image-based algorithms for cancer detection. These discussions emphasized the critical need for health professionals to adapt to a technology-driven environment, where AI and data science play integral roles in decision-making processes.

Dr. Vinaytosh Mishra, Director of the Thumbay Institute for AI in Healthcare, stated, “The conference was successful in highlighting how adopting cutting-edge technologies like AI and data science revolutionizes healthcare practices, streamlining treatment decisions, and elevating patient care standards. Discussions emphasized their role in disease prevention, precise data collection, and seamless accessibility, paving the way for an innovative care model. Educating health professionals about these technologies and providing training programs enables them to use AI in clinical decision-making while preserving the human touch in healthcare.”

In addition to the conference proceedings, Gulf Medical University also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sathyabhama University, a distinguished institution in India. This partnership aims to create collaboration in technology and healthcare, facilitating student and faculty exchange programs, joint initiatives in AI in Healthcare, and mutual utilization of computing facilities.

By empowering students to take the lead in driving discussions on cutting-edge topics, Gulf Medical University is shaping the future of healthcare education and practice. Since 2022, the biggest private health professions university in the UAE has also established a collaborative partnership in research and education with the University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria, through a memorandum of understanding (MoU). This alliance has enabled the integration of expertise from both institutions into the development and delivery of certification and degree programs at Gulf Medical University. Faculty members from the University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria actively contribute to shaping these educational offerings, enriching the learning environment at Gulf Medical University with their specialized knowledge and experience.

Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare to Host Region’s First International Conference Driving AI Training for Health Professionals
  • Held in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, University of Applied Sciences-Upper Austria, and Sathyabhama University-India, the event brings together the finest minds in technology & medical education

The Thumbay Institute for AI in Healthcare, recognized as the epicentre for AI training in healthcare within the UAE, is set to host its inaugural international conference at Gulf Medical University (Ajman). This significant event, titled “Transforming Healthcare with Artificial Intelligence,” emphasizes the institute’s dedication to advancing AI integration in healthcare. In collaboration with global partners such as Sathyabhama University India, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, and University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria, the conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 9:00 AM at Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE, promising to be a significant gathering driving innovation in healthcare.


The symposium offers attendees an opportunity to delve into the revolutionary impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on healthcare practices. With a focus on cutting-edge research, trends, and tools in AI, participants will gain insights that are reshaping the landscape of healthcare, enabling them to stay ahead in their respective fields.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group, said, “In the past year, Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare has achieved remarkable progress in training healthcare professionals, offering certificate courses on artificial intelligence. Now, with the upcoming International Conference, the UAE’s first AI and health professions training event, we aim to collaborate with leading technology and medical education institutions. Together, we seek to introduce cutting-edge AI-powered tools that will revolutionize the healthcare landscape in our country. This initiative aligns with the objectives of Vision 2030, driving transformative advancements in healthcare through the integration of artificial intelligence.”

By examining how AI may enhance clinical decision-making, optimize workflow, and improve patient care, the conference seeks to empower healthcare professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to develop stronger relationships with peers and leaders from a variety of backgrounds, spurring innovation and revolutionary change within the healthcare sector. These individuals include researchers, professors, CEOs, and technology developers.

Key topics to be covered during the symposium include AI in Healthcare – Viewed Through a Service Lens, Computational Intelligence in Medical Decision-Making using ANN, Natural Language Processing for Healthcare, Machine Learning in Medicine and Healthcare: Basics, Use Cases, and Prospects, AI Techniques for Medical Image Analysis, AI-based Models for Clinical Diagnosis using Image Processing Tools, Deep Learning Approach for Early Detection of Glaucoma, Understanding Cybersecurity and its Importance, High-Performance Computing and AI-Applications in Cybersecurity, Ethics in AI in Healthcare, and AI in Medical Education.

Last year, The Thumbay Institute of AI in Healthcare has partnered with MIT xPRO to launch a virtual course called “AI in Healthcare,” aiming to enhance medical education and knowledge exchange in AI-driven healthcare solutions. The institute also launched full-fledged certificate programs, aligning with UAE Ministry of Education guidelines, and plans to transition into long-duration programs, equipping graduates with AI solutions for the healthcare industry.

Eighteen faculty Members from China Graduate from Gulf Medical University’s Masters in Health Professions Program

Recognizing the role of collaboration in advancing the quality of education, Gulf Medical University (GMU) continues to lead the way in elevating health professions education on a global scale. Through collective efforts, Gulf Medical University’s initiatives have yielded promising outcomes in the scope of healthcare education. The recent graduation ceremony held in China marked a significant milestone as eighteen students received their Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degrees, symbolizing five years of partnership between Guangzhou, China, and Ajman, UAE.


This distinguished cohort, hailing from the prominent First Affiliated Hospital of the Zhongshan Medical School of Sun-Yat-sen University, represents the strong impact of cross-border collaboration in bringing about excellence in healthcare education. The ceremony, graced by the presence of dignitaries including the Vice Chancellor of Sun Yat-sen University and President of First Affiliated Hospital Professor Xiao Haipeng, emphasized the shared commitment towards advancing healthcare education globally.

“All the programmes within Gulf Medical University’s curriculum stem from comprehensive research initiatives undertaken by the institution. The wide range of programmes available has emerged as a result of careful analysis of the health professions labour market conducted regularly at the university, and its teaching hospitals. This systematic approach reflects our commitment to aligning courses with current industry requirements, enabling our students to transition into the professional arena equipped with the skill sets sought after by employers,” Professor Hossam Hamdy, Vice Chancellor, Gulf Medical University explained.

The collaboration between GMU and the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University validates the impact of cooperation in driving transformative change across health professions education. Professors David Taylor and Trevor Gibbs from Gulf Medical University have recently conducted two dynamic short courses for over 40 faculty members from First Affiliated Hospital, strengthened by the support of their recent graduates. These courses, focusing on the essentials of health professions education and action research, have attracted whole-hearted participation from doctors and nurses, particularly from the geriatrics unit, promising significant advancements in the field of geriatric care in Southern China.

Professor Hossam Hamdy, alongside Professors Xiao Haipeng and Kuang Ming, have played a pivotal role in driving this enduring partnership, inspiring innovation, and encouraging excellence in healthcare education beyond geographical boundaries.

Gulf Medical University has established collaborations with many international institutions in both the government and private health education entities, and it takes a well-rounded approach to teaching and learning, boosting students’ capabilities through academic workshops, seminars, industry guest lectures and conferences that expose students to real-world challenges.

Anesthesia Technology Students of Gulf Medical University Conduct Community Engagement Work to Mark World Sleep Day 2024

Ajman: Students and faculty of Anesthesia Technology Department of College of Health Sciences, Gulf Medical University, conducted a two-day community awareness program on World Sleep Day on 14th and 15th March 2024 on the occasion of World Sleep Day at Thumbay University Hospital as part of their ongoing commitment to community engagement.

This annual event, recognized worldwide by the World Sleep Society, marks the third consecutive year that Anesthesia Technology students has successfully organized the initiative in partnership with Thumbay University Hospital, their teaching hospital, drawing huge number of students eager to participate and raise awareness about the importance of healthy sleep habits.


World Sleep Day serves as an important platform to raise awareness about the significance of sleep and its impact on overall health and well-being. Celebrated annually under a specific theme, this year’s focus is on ‘Sleep Equity for Global Health.’ It highlights the need to provide every individual with access to quality sleep, irrespective of their circumstances, emphasizing the importance of addressing disparities and creating a world where everyone can enjoy the benefits of optimal sleep health.


Through this initiative, GMU’s Anesthesia Technology Department aims to educate the patients and the community about the detrimental effects of sleep disorders. “We are proud to continue our tradition of organizing the World Sleep Day celebration in collaboration with Thumbay University Hospital,” said Praveen Kumar K., Dean, College of Health Sciences, expressing his enthusiasm for the initiative. “Our students played a crucial role in in educating the visitors and patients of Thumbay University Hospital about health issues through informative sessions, interactive displays, and engaging conversations, thus, promoting well-being within the local community through their knowledge and passion,” he added.

The event featured a range of activities, including informative sessions, interactive discussions, and awareness campaigns, designed to provide participants with valuable insights into sleep health. Experts from GMU’s Anesthesia Technology Department and Thumbay University Hospital shared their knowledge and expertise, offering practical tips for improving sleep quality and addressing common sleep-related issues.