About Gulf Medical University - GMU | Ajman | UAE

About GMU

The Gulf Medical University came into existence with the Decree issued by the Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan on the 10th of July 2008 when the Gulf Medical College, Ajman was officially approved as the Gulf Medical University. The University had its humble beginnings as the Gulf Medical College, Ajman established with the Decree No. 1, dated 28 January, issued by his Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi, the Ruler of Ajman and Member of the Supreme Council, U.A.E in the year 1998 as there was a felt need for a medical college in the United Arab Emirates.

Highly sought-after private medical university: GMU is one of the most in demand private medical universities in the Middle East region. It gets around 6000 student applications for just around 270 spots, every year.

GMU was the first medical institution in the region which offered admissions to both boys and girls of all nationalities. The university has infrastructure and facilities, which is at par with some of the established medical institutions in the world. Apart from the academic programs, Gulf Medical University is in the forefront of Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development Programs. The university has been organizing well acclaimed International and Regional conferences and Symposia. The university also publishes a bi-monthly health & lifestyle magazine title “Health” as part of its commitment to reaching out to the wider community.

International Outlook: Since 2003, over 2000 students have graduated from GMU and presently, the student body is a cultural confluence of 73 nationalities. It also has 162 faculty members from 22 countries. GMU has several prestigious international accreditations and tie-ups, and its infrastructure and facilities are at par with some of the prominent international medical institutions.

Quality Teaching: At GMU, the emphasis is always on ‘learning through doing’. Highly qualified academicians and experienced practitioners train the students. The University presents a dynamic curriculum, which provides excellent clinical training, integrates the health sciences with clinical experience, and utilizes modern technology. Teaching methods include traditional lectures, group projects, individual work, practical laboratory sessions and clinical training. Our emphasis on research and clinical training drives us on the path to emerging as one of the leading research-based universities in the region.

Location: We are situated at the heart of the new Ajman metropolitan area, close to the two major international airports Dubai (30 minutes’ drive) and Sharjah (20 minutes’ drive).

Ensuring Your Future Success: At GMU, our unflinching commitment to quality of education imparted and the world-class infrastructure and facilities ensure that you gain the best professional knowledge. Our curriculum incorporates the latest industry needs while maintaining the highest standards. Our unique Summer Training Program readies you to deal with professional challenges, in addition to widening the horizons of your knowledge. Sure enough, GMU students enjoy unrivalled employability.

Our Promoters

Gulf Medical University is owned and operated by Thumbay Group, an international business conglomerate headquartered in DIFC – Dubai. From humble beginnings in 1998 when Thumbay Moideen, the visionary educationist and third generation entrepreneur from India migrated to the UAE to establish Thumbay Group, today, more than a decade and a half since its inception, the Group under his Presidency operates more than 20 brands across 18 different verticals 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. Thumbay Group today employs close to 5000 people, which is projected to increase to around 20000 by the year 2022, with the completion of ongoing and upcoming projects.


It is the Mission of the Gulf Medical University to strengthen and promote excellence in medical education, biomedical research and patient care.

  • GMU is committed to prepare a highly skilled health workforce made up of health care professionals, health management and support workers and health science investigators in order to meet the health care needs of the nation and the region.
  • GMU will strive to produce health care professionals who will integrate the advances in research with the best clinical practices.
  • GMU will promote health services, which incorporate the latest advances in scientific knowledge in a manner that supports education and research for the benefit of the community.


The Vision of Gulf Medical University is to be a leading contributor to the continuous improvement of the nation’s health care delivery system through the pursuit of excellence in medical education, biomedical research and health care services.

  • The University aspires to provide a unique learning experience of high quality to our students and produce graduates whose competence will help them to make a significant contribution to the health of the community through pursuit of academia, research and health care.
  • The University aspires to attract the best of students by offering a variety of excellent programs supported by quality administration and student support services.
  • The University aspires to be known for excellence and impact of its research on the educational milieu of the nation and the outcomes of clinical care.
  • The University aspires to be an integral part of the community through transfer of knowledge, continuous dialogue with the country’s health care planners and enhanced community service.