Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, is one of the first private medical universities in the Middle East region. It is owned and run by Thumbay Group, a diversified international business conglomerate headquartered at DIFC – Dubai. Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group had established the Gulf Medical College (GMC) in 1998, as an institution offering undergraduate programs in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Pharmacy. The institution became a full-fledged medical university – the Gulf Medical University in 2008 following a Decree by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE.