Building Futuristic Business Model In Education, Healthcare & Research
eHEALTH|eHealth Magazine- March 2019 Issue
Building Futuristic Business Model In Education, Healthcare & Research

Catering to millions of people world over in various fields such as medical education, healthcare, and research, Dubai-based global conglomerate Thumbay Group has gradually evolved as a giant brand since its establishment in 1998. With Gulf Medical University (GMU), Thumbay Medicity and the Thumbay network of academic hospitals and clinics, the group’s foray into healthcare ecosystem is worth taking note of

Driven by a futuristic medical education model, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge research, Thumbay intends to significantly bolster healthcare delivery system in the UAE and its adjoining region.

From a single entity company to a globally established player in many prominent sectors including healthcare, Thumbay Group has come a long way.

With over 5,000 employees, the Group today operates in multiple brands across 20 sectors 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.

Dr Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President of this iconic business group, has a vision to have global presence and scaling up business to the tune of 10 X in next few years. In addition to emirates of the UAE, the Group now also boasts of a presence in India and Africa, along with upcoming projects in the Europe.

“We stand apart as we dispense medical services, and are one of the best. We are involved in a whole range of healthcare-related issues comprising treating patients to teaching doctors and indulging in professional research. None can match us. Though we may not be as big as others, we are invincible,” says Dr Moideen.

“At Thumbay, we are developing an effective and reliable network of healthcare services ranging from hospitals to clinics, pharmacies and laboratories where patients can repose their trust,” Dr Moideen adds.


The Gulf Medical University (GMU) was Thumbay Group’s first venture. The need to take care of the clinical training requirements of GMU led the Group to foray into healthcare, giving birth to the first private academic hospital in the country–Thumbay Hospital, Ajman, in 2002.

It was followed by the establishment of a network of academic hospitals and clinics under the healthcare division, with presence at multiple locations in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. A state-of-the-art research facility was also set up at GMU. Education, Healthcare and Research became the core sectors of Thumbay Group. Subsequently, the Group started diversification, mostly venturing into areas related to its core sectors.

Outside the UAE, the Group established an academic hospital, pharmacies, and diagnostic labs as well as an outlet of Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe in Indian city of Hyderabad. Its educational/healthcare projects are at various stages of completion in various countries across Africa and Europe.


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eHealth Magazine- March 2019 Issue