Archive for March 19, 2019

Third Edition of the Biggest and Most Prestigious Healthcare Awards in the Region Honors 42 Outstanding Organizations & Individuals and 11 Healthcare Trendsetters

Health Awards 2019

The third edition of the Annual Health Awards, jointly organized by DHA and HEALTH Magazine, honors His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council UAE and Ruler of Ajman as the ‘Personality of the Year’ and awards 18 distinguished organizations, 24 outstanding professionals and 11 healthcare trendsetters at the highly successful event in Dubai attended by 1000+ people.

Dubai, March 18, 2019: Winners of the third edition of the Annual Health Awards were awarded at a star-studded gala event at the Grand Hyatt Dubai on Monday, March 18, 2019. Jointly organized by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and HEALTH Magazine, the event – the region’s biggest and most comprehensive annual awards for the healthcare sector – brought together more than a thousand healthcare leaders and professionals from the UAE’s private and public sectors.

His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council UAE and Ruler of Ajman was honored as the ‘Personality of the Year’ as a tribute to His Highness’ visionary and dynamic leadership, as part of HEALTH Awards 2019.  The citation was presented to His Highness at a separate ceremony, by His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority in the presence of Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group and Publisher of HEALTH Magazine.

His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, in the presence of Dr. Thumbay Moideen presented the Annual Health Awards 2019 to 42 winners in 24 categories including private and public sector organizations and individuals, as well as 11 legendary dignitaries – for their pioneering roles in shaping the healthcare industry of the region.

The event was also graced by the presence of Emirati internet star Mr. Khalid Al Ameri, former Miss World Manushi Chhillar, Bollywood celebrity Sonu Sood, social media influencers Salama Mohamed, Jumana Khan, Ajmal Khan and Farhana Bodi and Miss World Egypt 2018 Mony Helal.

Congratulating the winners, H.E. Humaid Al Qutami said that every year, the Annual HEALTH Awards aims to honor outstanding achievements in healthcare, and to promote healthcare best practices. Noting that the number of nominations received this year had more than doubled compared to the previous edition, he urged increased participation from healthcare professionals and organizations in future editions.

Dr. Thumbay Moideen said that the 2020 edition of the Annual HEALTH Awards would also include the Gulf and the wider Middle East region, adding that many more corporate and individual healthcare categories were planned to be included in the next edition.

Ten distinguished healthcare trendsetters were honored with special awards as part of the Annual Health Awards 2019, in recognition of their invaluable contributions to the region’s healthcare industry. The awardees were: H.E. Hamad Taryam Al Shamsi, Mr. Ali Reza, Dr. Abdulrahim Mustafawi, Dr. Jumana Belhoul, Dr. Sayed Jaffar, Dr. Azzan Bin Brik, Dr. Hajar Hosani, Dr. Hussain Abdulrahman, Dr. Aisha Sultan, Dr. Nadia Al Bastaki and Ms. Amal Al Shamlan.

List of Winners

Corporate Category

Distinguished Hospital/ Healthcare Centre/Other Agencies


  1. Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi
  2. NMC Specialty Hospital, Dubai

Medical Centers:

  1. DHA-Medical Fitness Clinics, Dubai
  2. Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic, Dubai

Laboratory & Radiology Services:

  1. Prime Healthcare Group – Diagnostic Services, Dubai
  2. DHA-Pathology & Genetics Dept, Dubai

Fitness Centers:

  1. Advantage Sports UAE

Patient Satisfaction:

  1. Canadian Specialist Hospital, Dubai

Innovative Technology:

  1. DHA-Dental Services Department, Dubai

CSR Contribution:

  1. Al Zahra Hospital, Dubai

Medical Tourism:

  1. Al Zahra Hospital, Dubai
  2. Life Balance Shoes Trading LLC Abu Dhabi

Treating People of Determination:

  1. DHA-Primary Health Care Sector – Dubai


  1. Life Pharmacy LLC, Dubai
  2. Ahalia Group Pharmacies, Abu Dhabi

Medical Insurance Companies:

  1. Oman Insurance Company, Dubai

Medical Equipment & Supplies Providers:

  1. Star Key Hearing, LLC, Abu Dhabi

Medical Education Provider:

  1. MOH-Training and Development Centre, Sharjah

Individuals Category

Distinguished Professionals

Leaders in Healthcare:

  1. Dr. Anna Zickerman, Owner & Medical Director, Upandrunning Sports Medical Centre
  2. Dr. V. S. Gopal, Founder & MD, Ahlia Medical Group

Executives in Healthcare:

  1. Dr. Mohamed Rafique. P, Medical Director, Prime Hospital
  2. Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Asst. Undersecretary for Medical Practice and License Sector, UAE Ministry of Health
  3. Dr. Manal Mohammad Omran, CEO, Primary Health Care Sector – DHA

Innovative Researchers in Healthcare:

  1. Hamid Yahya Hussain, Consultant, Physician & Professor, DHA
  2. Professor Asma Deeb, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi


  1. Dr. Taisser Atrak, Director-Pediatrics & Neonatal ICU, Mafraq Hospital, AUH
  2. Dr. Marlain Mubarak, Consultant-OB & Gynec, Canadian Specialist Hospital, DXB
  3. Dr. Batool Al Balooshi, Consultant, Dubai Hospital/DHA, DXB


  1. Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Jan Muhammad Suleman, Consultant & Acting Division Chief Pediatric Surgery, Mafraq Hospital, AUH
  2. Dr. Amit Nagpal, Specialist Opthalmologist Vitreo, NMC Specialty Hospital, DXB


  1. Dana Yousif AlRaeesi, Endodontist, MOHAP
  2. Riyas Jamaluddin, Clinical Director, Smilecare Medical Center LLC

Medical Specialists:

  1. Dr. Ajit Kumar, Consultant Neurologist & Regional Medical Director, NMC Medical Specialty, Dubai
  2. Dr. Fiona Desira, Clinical Director, Child Early Intervention Medical Center

Paramedical Staff:

  1. Naheed Kapadia Tariq, Senior Specialist, Latifa Women & Children Hospital, DXB
  2. Paul Cheung, Chiropractor, Up and Running Medical Centre, DXB

Women in Healthcare:

  1. Shamsa Abdulla Ali Bin Hammad, COO, Medcare Women & Children Hospital
  2. Hamda Sultan AlMesmar, Director and Consultant, Dental Services Dept., DHA
  3. Hibah Shata, MD (Child Early Intervention Medical Center)


  1. Lwza Mohammed, Unit Manager, MOHAP
  2. Dalal Darabseh, Director of Nursing, Canadian Specialist Hospital, Dubai


  1. Preetha Harilal, In-Patient Pharmacist, NMC Specialty Hospital

About HEALTH Magazine

HEALTH Magazine is a leading health & lifestyle publication in the region, launched in 1999. It is highly regarded and read by a large segment of healthcare professionals and general public in the region and globally. It is a bi-monthly, bi-lingual (English and Arabic) magazine with a BPA-audited circulation of 20,000 copies and a readership of around 80,000. It is licensed by the National Media Council, UAE. It covers a variety of topics such as health, lifestyle, wellness, fitness, beauty, family, parenting, diet, nutrition, luxury and fashion.

The Biggest and Most Prestigious Annual Health Awards to be Held in Dubai on March 18

Health Awards

The awards, jointly hosted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and HEALTH magazine, will be held at The Grand Hyatt – Dubai, in the presence of top Government officials, healthcare leaders and celebrities

The third edition of the region’s biggest and most comprehensive annual awards for the healthcare sector, the Annual Health Awards 2019 has received an unprecedentedly high number of nominations from around 600 professionals and organizations in the UAE’s healthcare sector. Scheduled to be held at The Grand Hyatt – Dubai, on 18th March 2019, this year’s awards will honor healthcare trendsetters and outstanding leaders and professionals, in the presence of VVIP dignitaries and Arab, Bollywood and Pakistani celebrities.

HEALTH Awards 2019 will be attended corporate chieftains and prominent healthcare leaders from the region. His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will give away the awards. Emirati internet star Mr. Khalid Al Ameri, former Miss World Manushi Chhillar, Bollywood celebrity Sonu Sood, social media influencers Salama Mohamed, Jumana Khan, Ajmal Khan and Farhana Bodi and Miss World Egypt 2018 Mony Helal  will also be present at the function.

This year, the third edition of the awards will covers professionals ranging from doctors and nurses to healthcare executives and leaders. The awards include 13 titles in the corporate category, 11 titles in the individual and one award in the medical tourism category. The awards not only acknowledge exceptional healthcare facilities and department-wise excellence, but it also felicitates innovative brilliances, women trendsetters and CSR activities. The award categories also include recognitions for fitness centers, patient satisfaction, treating people of determination and research.

“The nominations this year have more than doubled compared to the previous edition, which shows the  rapidly growing popularity of the Annual HEALTH Awards, despite being only in its third year. We plan to include many more corporate and individual healthcare categories into its ambit, so that the awards are able to highlight achievements from an even wider spectrum of the healthcare sector,” said His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority.

Thumbay Hospital Day care Rolla Sharjah celebrates International Women’s Day


Thumbay Hospital Day care Rolla Sharjah celebrated International Women’s Day on 9th March 2019.




About Thumbay Hospital Daycare

Thumbay Hospital Day Care is the latest addition to Thumbay Group’s healthcare division. It is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty facility envisioned as a center housing all major specialties under one roof, where treatments and procedures are being offered to Thumbay’s patients as Day Cases – meaning no overnight stay in hospital is necessary and patients can rest and recuperate in their own homes. Fully-equipped laboratory, advanced radiology services with ultrasound and x-ray facility, trained personnel ensure optimum patient safety and satisfaction. Latest technology along with excellent post-operative care and effective pain relief enable the patients to recover in just few hours. The facility is strategically located in the heart of Sharjah city in Rolla area, behind Rolla Mall. The facility is owned and operated by multi-diversified conglomerate Thumbay Group.

Experts Discuss Roadmap for UAE’s Pharmacy Education at the ‘UAE Pharmacy Education Summit’ Hosted by Gulf Medical University

UAE Pharmacy Education Summit

Renowned experts from the fields of pharmacy education, academics, pharmacy sciences and accreditation converged at Gulf Medical University, Ajman – a leading medical university of the Middle East region – to discuss the action plan and road map for improving the standards of pharmacy education in the country, to equip future pharmacy graduates with the skills, knowledge and perspectives to tackle emerging challenges and to play a greater role in the changing nature of pharmacy practice. Organized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation – Ministry of Education, UAE, in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (USA), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (USA), the summit was held on 6th and 7th March 2019.


Welcoming the gathering, Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU said that pharmacy education is an integrated practice, requiring pharmacy students to have a deeper level of interaction with other health sciences.

Leading officials and experts addressed the opening session on a variety of issues related to pharmacy practice and education. Addressing the opening session, Prof. Mohamed Yousif Baniyas -Director, Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education, UAE said that the focal areas of the conference included formulating a strategy of higher education in pharmacy studies for the country, as well as facilitating international accreditations among institutions and enhancing applied learning in pharmacy.

Dr. Mariam Galadari – Media and International Relations, Pharmacy Division Chairperson of the Emirates Medical Association, UAE said that the future vision of the country with regard to pharmacy education envisioned a greater role for pharmacists in disease management and total patient care. “Pharmacists will assume a greater role in community settings and in developing systems of care,” she added. Dr. Ola Ghaleb Al Ahdab – Pharmaceutical Advisor, Drug Department & CPD – Pharma Founder & Program Manager, Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE stressed that providing world-class healthcare is one of the priority areas of the UAE’s National Agenda 2021. Dr. Stephen Arkle – Commissioner, Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education, UAE observed that pharmacy programs offered by UAE Universities and colleges are able to attract serious and able students, as well as good quality faculty from around the world.

The two keynote speeches at the summit were delivered by internationally distinguished experts Prof. Claire Anderson – Professor of Social Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; and Dr. Lucinda Maine – Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, United States of America.

Participating academic institutions in the summit included Al Ain University of Science Technology, Ajman University, Dubai Pharmacy College, Fatima College of Health Sciences, Higher Colleges of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University, University of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi University, and Gulf Medical University.

Thumbay Hospital Day Care Rolla Awards Photo-Contest Winners

Thumbay Hospital Daycare Rolla

Winners of the Facebook photo-contest, conducted as part of the grand anniversary celebrations of Thumbay Hospital Day Care, Rolla, Sharjah, were announced and their prizes awarded at a special function organized at the hospital on 2nd March 2019.

Ayesha Zameer Moidu won the first prize of SONY Smart TV for winning the most number of votes, while Zarir An Nur came second, winning the Samsung Smart Phone.

Gulf Medical University Students Celebrate Cultural Diversity, Showcase Talents at Global Day 2019

Global Day

GMU students from 80+ nationalities celebrated their cultures, showcasing costumes, food and talents, before a huge crowd of 4000+ attendees

The annual Global Day celebrations of Gulf Medical University (GMU) – Ajman, a leading medical University in the Middle East region was celebrated with pomp and splendor at the University campus, on 2nd March 2019. Organized every year to appreciate the cultural diversity of the students and staff of GMU, the event was a convergence of cultural and traditions of the 80+ nationalities that form the student cohort of GMU.

Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU was the chief guest of GMU Global Day 2019. Accompanied by the Vice Chancellors and Deans, the Chancellor toured the country pavilions where students had exhibited the food and costumes, as well as other exhibits relevant to their culture and history. Country pavilions displaying glimpses from the culture and heritage of various countries and serving traditional food were set up at the University ground. Pavilions were set up by students of UAE, other Middle East Countries, as well as Asian and African countries.

More than 4000 attendees including the students and staff of the University as well as their families and friends gathered at the University grounds to join the Global Day celebrations. Admiring the students’ efforts, Prof. Hossam Hamdy said that the annual Global Day was an occasion to celebrate the togetherness of GMU’s students and staff, emphasizing the University’s ‘Unity in Diversity’.

The evening also had colorful music and dance performances by the students dressed in their respective traditional attires and entertaining the audience with some great displays of talent. Prizes were awarded for the best performances. Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Vice Chancellor – Academics, gave away the prizes.

Celebrated every year, the GMU Global Day seeks to admire the unity in cultural diversity of GMU’s student community hailing from over 80 nationalities. The event gives the students an opportunity to display the essence of their ethnicities and cultures, at the same time getting to know and appreciate each other’s culture.

Thumbay Group Launches Partnership with E-Commerce Site

Thumbay Group Launches Partnership with E-Commerce Site

Thumbay Group today announces a new partnership with Noon, an e-commerce platform, to strengthen its e-commerce presence within UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other GCC countries.

For the first time, Thumbay has entered the digital marketspace through Noon – allowing its entire range of products including optical and nutrition portfolio to be available through an online platform.

The partnership will see Thumbay Retail Division comprising of Thumbay Pharmacy, Nutri Plus Vita Store, Zo&Mo Opticals and Flower Shoppe, working closely with Noon on getting all the product range that includes Premium Skincare, Baby Care, Eyewear, Medical Equipment and Nutrition products on the Noon marketplace, ensuring curated digital experience.

Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, VP Healthcare Division & Member of Thumbay Group Board, said: “We are thrilled about our partnership with Noon. Thumbay Retail Division has led the way in digital and this is a natural and significant transformation for us as we seek to reach e-commerce driven consumers.

“We want the digital expression of our brand to represent the very best in the brands and products we offer whether on our own platforms or through our partners, and Noon customers can now access the full range of our products.”

As part of the fostering relationships, Thumbay and Noon will also explore joint opportunities in marketing, know-how and best practices sharing in a bid to help grow online shopping in the region.

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