Company: Thumbay Group
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.
The result was a seat of learning that allowed local students wanting to study medicine and health sciences to stay at home instead of spending vast sums of money abroad. Located in the Al Jurf area of Ajman, the university features colleges devoted to medicine, pharmaceuticals and dentistry. Altogether, 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.