An MOU was signed between Thumbay Medical Tourism represented by Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group and Ethiopian airlines represented by Mr Ali Mohammed Regional Director-Gulf & Pakistan Ethiopian Airlines International Medical and Health Tourism at Thumbay Hospital will attract more patients from Africa with this tie-up. The hospital has been a first choice destination for affordable healthcare to patients from over 175 nationalities. Over the last decade, Thumbay Hospital has been providing excellent medical services. “Best Medical Tourism Hospital in the Middle East” – The New Economy, UK award was received earlier by the hospital. Medical Tourists are fast tracked to their appointments and Investigations. The Medical Tourism team at Thumbay Hospitals ensures patient care, satisfaction and understands the needs of individuals from different countries and ethnic backgrounds. Best facilities for patients are provided, creating personalized care they may require whilst in UAE for a medical tourism trip. This Tie-up would bring in more patients to Dubai and we are aligning with the Dubai’s Vision 2020 for Medical Tourism,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group. Mr. Ali Mohammed Regional Director-Gulf & Pakistan said “ this was a great initiative which will benefit all our passengers and can avail the fantastic services available at Thumbay Hospital. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) founded in 1945 is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. During the past seventy plus years, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for almost all the years of its existence. Operating at the forefront of technology, the airline has also become one of Ethiopia’s major industries and a veritable institution in Africa. It commands a lion’s share of the pan African network including the daily and double daily east-west flight across the continent. Ethiopian currently serves 100 international and 21 domestic destinations operating the newest and youngest fleet. About Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division Thumbay Group’s healthcare division presently operates academic hospitals in the UAE (Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah & Sharjah) and Hyderabad – India, as well as a network of day care centers and state-of-the-art family clinics at various locations in the UAE, making it the largest network of private academic hospitals in the region. All the hospitals and clinics provide clinical training for the students of Gulf Medical University (GMU), the leading private medical university in the region owned by Thumbay Group. They treat patients from over 175 nationalities, and are staffed by doctors, nurses and technicians from over 25 different countries, speaking more than 50 languages. Thumbay Group also operates CAP-accredited diagnostic labs (Thumbay Labs) and retail pharmacy outlets (Thumbay Pharmacy), in the UAE and India. Established by the Founder President Mr. Thumbay Moideen in 1998, today Thumbay Group is a diversified international business conglomerate with presence across 20 sectors of business including Education, Healthcare, Medical Research, Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Retail Optical, Wellness, Nutrition Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Publishing, Technology, Media, Events, Medical Tourism, Trading and Marketing & Distribution. Thumbay Group follows a strategic plan, according to which the Group aims to expand its businesses over ten times, with global presence. The strategic vision plan aims to quadruple the employee strength to 20,000 by the year 2022. The Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1000 beds in the UAE, 1500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa by 2022, taking the total number of hospitals to 15 worldwide.