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BR Shetty, chairman, NMC Group --- Dr Shetty is pretty much an institution in his own right having created one of the UAE’s best known medical outfits. And it just keeps on growing. He is considering opening hospitals in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with further expansion across the MENA region once political stability returns. In an interview with Arabian Business last year, the chairman of the group said the company could use cash generated from the business, or else it has the option of bond issuances and additional loans. “In about three years’ time, we plan to open one hospital in Doha and one in Saudi. In Saudi they give the land but also give some money. We have been approached by so many people, but we don’t have anything planned yet. When the political situation improves we might look at the MENA region,” he said.
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Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, managing director, Lifeline Hospital Group --- A post graduate in radiology, Dr. Shamsheer trained in Boston before joining work at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. Aged 30, he set out to establish a truly integrated healthcare organisation. From just one hospital in Abu Dhabi in 2007 to seven operational hospitals in 2013 across UAE and Oman to industrial medicine for over 250,000 workers; from pharmaceutical manufacturing to a pharmacy retail chain; he has founded and heads more than ten organisations.
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Thumbay Moideen, president, Thumbay Group --- They call him the “Man from Ajman who can”. And with good reason. Mangalore-born Thumbay Moideen was plucked from the timber and construction industry to set up the Gulf Medical University in Ajman in the mid-1990s. Nowadays, the group employs more than 1,500 staff, and is hoping to hire more than 7,000 in the next five years. His vision is that one day we will no longer have to rely on foreign trained medical experts — they will be grown right here, in the UAE.
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Azad Moopen, chairman, DM Group --- Another top boss from the medical field making this year’s list. Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman of DM Healthcare, is a renowned physician-turned-entrepreneur based in the UAE. Five years after passing his MD exams in 1987, Moopen came to Dubai and set up his own clinic. Over the next 20 years, he established a chain of healthcare facilities across Asia and the Gulf, under DM Healthcare (Dr Moopen Healthcare), which today employs about 2,000 people in the Gulf, and serves more than 3 million patients a year.
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Tidu Maini, executive chairman, Qatar Science & Technology Park --- Another big hitter from Qatar to make this year’s list - Dr Tidu Maini has been in his role as executive chairman of the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) since June 2007, when he was appointed by Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, chairperson of Qatar Foundation. He has served as a senior technology leader in both industry and academia, most recently as Imperial College London’s head of tech transfer from January 2001 until his appointment to the QSTP. Dr Maini has 30 years of experience in the management of technology companies.