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Thumbay Group eyes Ghana, Egypt expansion

Earlier in October, Thumbay announced it will establish a Gulf Medical University and Thumbay Hospital in Belgrade, Serbia

Thumbay Group eyes Ghana, Egypt expansion
Thumbay Group founder and president Dr Thumbay Moideen.

UAE-based Thumbay Group plans to open a medical university and teaching hospital in Ghana and an expansive “Medicity” in Egypt, according to founder and president Dr Thumbay Moideen.

Speaking to Arabian Business, Dr Thumbay said that the Ghana plan stems from a visit by the country's president Nana Akufo-Addo and First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo to the UAE.

“They came here and invited us to set up a medical university. We get a lot of students from the African continent,” he said.

“We accepted and they gave us all kinds of support. We started and it’s now in the process. It’s a long procedure getting accreditation, but it’s being done.”

Dr Thumbay added that he hopes that the Ghana facility will be operational by 2020.

Additionally, he revealed that Thumbay Group has plans for a larger set of facilities in Egypt.

“The Egyptian government invited us to come. We’re calling it a Thumbay Medicity, with a university hospital and everything we have here [in Ajman], with health clubs, housing, everything,” he said.

The group has also been “looking for opportunities” in other locations around the world, such as Malaysia, which Dr Thumbay said was “unfortunately saturated with medical schools.”

Earlier in October, Thumbay Group announced that it entered into an agreement with the government of Serbia to establish a Gulf Medical University and Thumbay Hospital in Belgrade.

The university and hospital in Belgrade will be built in phases and is also expected to be fully operational in 2020, a statement said.

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