Words of inspiration
Reason and Judgment are
the Qualities of a Leader.
Founder President - Thumbay Group
The year 2017 has begun on
a very special note as the
winners of the inaugural
edition of The Annual Health
Awards were awarded at a
star-studded gala event at
The Godolphin Ballroom,
Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
Jointly hosted by Dubai’s
Department of Economic
event was a first-of-its-kind
gathering of more than 600
healthcare professionals and
leaders of the UAE, including private and public sector. His
Excellency Humaid Obeid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board of
Directors, Dubai Health Authority, the chief guest of the event,
presented The Annual Health Awards 2017 to 34 outstanding
contributors in both the public and private sectors, and 8
legendary personalities, for their pioneering roles in shaping
the healthcare industry of the region. The event was graced by
popular Arabic singer Ms. Diana Haddad and leading Indian
movie stars like Ms. Karisma Kapoor, Mr. Jayaram, Mr. Rana
Daggubati, and the British professional boxer Mr. Anthony
We are pleased to have on-board the world renowned medical
education expert and a famous Pediatric Surgeon Professor
Hossam Hamdy, who has been appointed as the Chancellor of
our university. He brings with him more than four decades of
rich experience to take the institution to a different level, and
will bring in international standards and new systems into the
university. The university is on a path of progression, and we
are confident that the operational plans and strategies that
are being designed by our newly appointed Chancellor will
further reinforce the standards and quality of teaching and
training offered by various colleges of the university.
We have constituted a new Board of Governors headed by me.
The new members include Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor
of GMU, and the Provost Prof. Gita Ashok Raj apart from
international experts from the fields of education, research,
and healthcare. The main agenda of the Board of Governors
meeting was the transformation of the university into a
leading academic healthcare system.
The university is expanding its network of affiliated Thumbay
academic hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and diagnostic labs.
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.
We had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Guillaume Huart,
Regional Counselor for Health, Middle East at the Embassy
of France. He was impressed with the comprehensive,
integrated academic healthcare system at the institution.
The university had the privilege of hosting a high-level
delegation from Finland led by the Honorable Ms. Pirkko
Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health for Finland.
The delegation included H.E. Ms. Riitta Swan, Ambassador
of Finland and a host of other esteemed dignitaries from
the healthcare sector, education, and business industries.
We had some very promising discussions between some
of the Finnish companies, healthcare professionals, and
educators, and we are looking forward to building more
opportunities for collaboration and cooperation.
I am very pleased to inform you all that Mr. Akbar Moideen
Thumbay, Vice President, Healthcare Division and board
member of Thumbay Group, has been inducted into
the ‘Alumni Wall of Fame’ of the American University of
Sharjah (AUS), in recognition of his merit and professional
accomplishments, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh
Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, Member of the
Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of
Sharjah and President of AUS, and attended by more than
2,000 AUS alumni from all over the world.
The American College of Healthcare Executives MENA
Group, in collaboration with Thumbay Hospitals, organized
a Face-to-Face Education Seminar entitled “Leading and
Managing Change”. Leading international faculty of ACHE
Mr. Tom Atchison conducted the workshop which was
attended by 40 leading healthcare executives and leaders
from the region. We are happy to inform that Aafiya TPA
Services has received the Best Insurance TPA award
presented by the International Finance Magazine (IFM)
Thumbay Clinic, Umm Al Quwain has been named the
Distinguished Private Medical Facility by the Ministry of
Health, Umm Al Quwain Medical District. The clinic was
chosen for the award based on a detailed evaluation of
multiple criteria such as standards of patient care, the
premises, treatment facilities, parking space availability,
use of information technology, and the like.
Until my next interaction with you, I wish each one of you
all the best in all your endeavors. I would like to hear from
you about the magazine, our services, and educational
programs, in order to help us enhance our standards, and
excel in our work.