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President’s Note



Thumbay Moideen

Founder President, Board of Governors

I wish you all a wonderful and a meaning-

ful year 2016.

Every year begins with a hope, a new vi-

sion, and a renewed determination to

succeed. At Gulf Medical University, we

are focused on our vision to succeed in

all our endeavors. We are quite aware

that our responsibility has grown and we

leave no stone unturned to ensure the

best for the future of our students.

At the recently held Graduation Cer-

emony, His Highness Sheikh Humaid

Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the

Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman,

awarded degree certificates to the Mas-

ters’ students, Medical, Physiotherapy,

Dental, and Pharmacy graduates, in the

presence of His Excellency Sheikh Na-

hayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for

Youth and Culture, UAE and a host of of-

ficials, dignitaries, parents, and faculty

members. I wish to thank each one of

the guests who attended the function.

The External Advisory Board meeting

took place at the University which was

attended by experts from international


Significant events at the University and

our hospitals have kept us busy over the

last few months. We have had visits by

eminent people including Dr. Veerendra

Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmastha-

la, India, and Senior Ministers from Kar-

nataka, including Mr. Ramnath Rai, Min-

ister for Environment and Ecology, Mr.

U. T. Khader, Minister of Health, and Dr.

Sharanprakash R. Patil, Minister State for

Medical Education. They were highly im-

pressed with the standards of education

and services offered by our institutions.

We are happy to inform that the Thum-

bay Group has formed a Board to im-

plement strategic plans. I will be chair-

ing the Board and Mr. Akbar Moideen

Thumbay, Vice President Healthcare

Division, Mr. Akram Moideen Thumbay,

Director Construction and Renovations

Division, Mr. Moideen Farhad C., Direc-

tor Hospitality Division and Mr. Nazeer

Hussain Patayath, Director Finance and

Budget will be members of the Board,

which will be the final decision making

body and will be responsible to formu-

late strategies for the group operations

all over the world.

We had senior officials Dr. Susan But-

tress, Associate Head School of Allied

Health Sciences and Dr. Margaret Cof-

fey, Reader in Public Health along with

Mr. Hassan Al Tug from the University

of Salford, UK to explore possible ar-

eas of collaboration with our College

of Allied Health Sciences and Center for

Advanced Biomedical Research and In-


Thumbay Hospital, Dubai has organized

community awareness events by hold-

ing a ‘Child & Parenting’ event as well

as the ‘Count Your Steps- Beat Diabetes’

program, which is endorsed by interna-

tional cricketers including Mr. Shoaib

Malik from Pakistan and Mr. Irfan Pathan

from India. They visited the Thumbay

Hospital, Dubai on different occasions

and interacted with their fans. Thum-

bay Group’s Human Resources Depart-

ment organized a major blood dona-

tion camp in collaboration with Sharjah

Blood Bank at GMC Hospital, Ajman as

part of a Corporate Social Responsibility


GMU Students have observed several in-

ternational health days such as World Dia-

betes Day, World Polio Day, World Prema-

turity Day, and World Disability Day which

helped create awareness amongst their

peers and staff members.

The second annual Medical Tourism Con-

ference ‘Destination UAE – Health & Medi-

cal Tourism Hub, Partnership for Collabo-

rations’ was held at Thumbay Hospital,

Dubai. His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed

Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman

– MBM Groups, Dubai inaugurated the

event and launched the Certificate course

in Medical Tourism Facilitator, a first-of-its-

kind program offered in the region.

I am happy to inform our readers that I

received a prestigious Indian Innovator

Award – Entrepreneur of the Year award

2015, under the ‘Innovator in Education’

category. The award was presented by

BNC Publishing, a part of the Entrepreneur

MENA franchise, in a glittering ceremony

in Dubai recently. My son Mr. Akbar Moi-

deen Thumbay, Vice President of the

Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group re-

ceived the award on my behalf.

Thumbay Group, UAE celebrated the 44th

UAE National Day with pomp and splen-

dor at the University campus. It witnessed

a delightful combination of games, con-

tests, food, and fun, which truly reflected

the ‘spirit of the union’.

I wish all our readers the very best and I

seek more active interaction through this

interesting magazine.