About Gulf Medical University - GMU | Ajman | UAE

About GMU

Gulf Medical University (GMU) established in 1998 is a leading medical university in the Gulf region. It offers Medical and Health Professional Education in the field of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Medical Anesthesia & Surgical Technologists, and Medical Imaging Technologists. GMU offers post graduate programs in Toxicology, Public Health, Clinical Pathology. In addition, the university also offers Short Term Certificate Courses for Health workforce development and career enhancement. GMU differentiates itself having its own network of hospitals, clinics, and institutes.

The Thumbay Institute for precision medicine and translational research, Thumbay institute for population health and Thumbay Institute of health workforce development are the hubs for research, post-graduate studies, and continuous professional development. The university programs are accredited by Ministry of Education, UAE. All programs are recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) and listed in the WHO Directory of Medical Schools and IMED under the auspices of FAIMER and the list of program offerings in universities of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) of the WHO. It has graduated about 1300 graduates and another 900 are graduated under Continuing Medical Health Education program.

Physical Space and Training Facilities:

GMU is spread in 25 acres main campus located at Ajman and it has networked with Thumbay Hospitals, Thumbay Clinics and Thumbay Pharmacies for the medical internship program. The main campus constitutes of the university main building, including laboratories, classrooms, offices, colleges/departments, library and learning center, Thumbay Diagnostic Center, Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH), Innovation and Research Center, Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Health Club, Indoor and Outdoor Sports Complexes, Health Communication Department, ATM, Conference rooms and Resource centers etc.

At present, the university has 100,000 Sq. meters. of built-up area and 29,728.97 sq. meters. area is under construction for a 400-bed smart facility Teaching Hospital, a Dental Hospital with 80 dental chairs and an advanced Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center. The new hospital which is expected to be completed by 2017-18, will be the biggest private academic hospital in the region. It is envisioned as a state-of-the-art, smart facility and will also focus on medical tourism. It will be constructed over 320,000 square feet area, in four floors, and with over 120 clinics. The hospital will feature a special robotic pharmacy, a first of its kind in the region, and will have quaternary care facilities. The hospital’s state-of-the-art laboratory will be connected to Thumbay Labs to offer highly specialized tests and diagnostic facilities. The upcoming dental hospital is a dedicated dental unit for the teaching and training the students of Dentistry which will have all dental specialties under one roof, In order to train the physical therapy students of the university, a hi-tech rehabilitation center hosting a unique state-of-the-art Sports Medicine, Hydrotherapy unit, GAIT Analysis lab and an Ergonomic simulation lab that will promote analytical and therapeutic services is under construction. The center will provide specialized physiotherapy services in the fields of Musculoskeletal, Cardio-respiratory, Neurology, Pediatrics and Women’s Health.

Thumbay Labs has three main areas of function – Clinical Research, High Complexity Laboratory Testing for super-specialties and Statistical Support for analysis of clinical research data and for the generation of evidence-based clinical practice. It has super specialty diagnostic facilities for Neonatal Screening of infants for various inborn errors of metabolism, HLA Allele Specific Sequencing, Beta Thalassemia Mutation Detection by PCR, Chromosomal Analysis, Microarray-based genetic testing and Immuno-histo-chemical assays for cancer screening.

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. GMU also has a dedicated start-up lab to encourage entrepreneurship among the students and alumni, and to provide them with the support to get their own ventures up and running.

Our Promoters

Gulf Medical University is owned and operated by Thumbay Group, a diversified business conglomerate headquartered in DIFC – Dubai. From humble beginnings in 1998 when its Founder Mr. Thumbay Moideen, a third generation business 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 across 20 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.