A man of vision and dynamism, Thumbay Moideen is recognised in India and beyond for his extraordinary achievements. Born on March 23, 1957 in Mangalore, India, Moideen is a third generation entrepreneur who was raised in a traditional business family. Taking to business at the tender age of 21 years, he demonstrated his business acumen from the very start.
Within a few years of taking the reins of the large business house established by his father Ahamed Hajee Mohiudeen, he took the business to new heights. In 1998, Moideen established the Thumbay Group, U.A.E. Under his dynamic leadership it went on to achieve tremendous growth, and in the process, has provided employment to hundreds of families.
The Thumbay Group has since ventured into medical education, healthcare, medical research, diagnostics, retail pharmacy, health communications, information technology, retail opticals, wellness, hospitality and the real estate. The Group employees more than 3000 people, mainly in the executive cadre like professors, doctors and technical staff and is growing at the rate of 25 per cent per annum.
Thumbay Moideen is the first expatriate to be invited by the rulers of Ajman, UAE, to start a medical college in the UAE. Thus, Gulf Medical College took shape which soon became a full-fledged medical university and a destination for medical education not only for local students, but to students from over 73 countries. Today, the institution is a name to reckon with in the region and stands out at par with some of the best medical institutions in the world.
A philanthropist, he set up Thumbay Foundation to help economically weaker students to pursue their education both in UAE and India. Thumbay Group offers various scholarships to deserving students who wish to study at Gulf Medical University. He also built a mosque (Thumbay Moideen Mosque) at a value of AED two million on the GMU campus. Moideen is regularly invited to deliver talks at various conferences globally.
Down the years, Moideen has won several accolades and prestigious awards for his visionary leadership and achievements. He is the recipient of ‘Best Achievement in the Field of Medical Education & HealthCare’ awarded by H.H. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, holds Honorary Fellowship of International Medical Sciences Academy, honoured at the House of Lords, UK, for invaluable contributions in the fields of healthcare and medical education, listed in the ‘Top 50 Richest Indians in GCC’ by Arabian Business Magazine for four consecutive years and presently ranks 28th among the ‘100 Most Powerful Indians in the Gulf’.