Thumbay Hospital

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates



The Thumbay Hospital Dubai is a 150 bed multi-specialty hospital, a part of the wider GMC Hospital group in the United Arab Emirates. It is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

The hospital is well-known for its wide variety of medical specialties, which include orthopedics, urology, ENT, ophthalmology, and laparoscopic surgery. There is also an intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, and maternity services.

The hospital have a dedicated website for international patients, and offer a range of fixed price packages. Patients can be self-paying, or have international health insurance such as AXA, Metlife, Dubai Care, or Abu Dhabi National Insurance Co.

International patients at the hospital are seen as guests rather than patients, and there are a range of services available to make their stay as comfortable as possible.


The Thumbay Hospital is located in Dubai, just 8 km from the Dubai International Airport. It is accessible via public transport, with the nearest station being the Stadium Transport bus station 400 m away.

Dubai is famous for its luxury shopping, modern architecture, and extravagant nightlife scene. Visitors to Dubai can enjoy the Al Qasba Theater, a grand auditorium which has a regular program of concerts, stage plays, and film screenings. It is 6 km away.

There is also the opportunity to visit the Al Majaz waterfront, a lakefront garden with a mosque, restaurants, and many play areas for families with children. It is located 7 km from the hospital.


Joint Commission International

Languages spoken



Online doctor consultation
Translation services
Interpreter services
Airport pickup
Car hire
Local transportation booking
Hotel booking
Flight booking
Local tourism options
Special offer for group stays
Free Wifi
Phone in the room
TV in the room
Special dietary requests accepted
Private rooms for patients available
Family accommodation
Parking available
Nursery / Nanny services
Mobility accessible rooms


53 procedures across 12 specialties


(5 procedures)

Gynecology Consultation

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  • A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the uterus (womb). It is performed to treat a variety of different conditions, heavy periods, pelvic pain, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, fibroids (benign tumors), endometriosis, and chronic pelvic pain. Hysterectomies are most commonly performed in women above the age of 40.

  • 1 - 3 weeks

    Patients will likely need several weeks before they are fit to travel following a hysterectomy.

  • Learn more about Hysterectomy
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Abdominal Hysterectomy


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  • A myomectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove fibroids from the uterus. Uterine fibroids are growths which are non-cancerous that form on the uterus. Fibroids are removed as they can cause vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, lower back pain, pain during sexual intercourse, and constipation.

  • Learn more about Myomectomy


(7 procedures)

Astigmatism Correction

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Cataract Surgery

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  • Cataracts are cloudy patches in the lens of the eye that are common as a result of aging. Cataract removal surgery is recommended for patients who experience impairment to vision and are sensitive to light as a result of the cataract. The surgery involves the removal of the natural lens and it is most commonly replaced with a synthetic lens.

  • 2 - 3 days

    Patients can usually fly soon after cataract surgery, but should take precautions to avoid dryness in the eye.

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Glaucoma Treatment

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  • Glaucoma treatment aims to relieve symptoms of glaucoma and prevent further damage, deterioration, and loss of vision. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, which creates problems with vision and if left untreated, can lead to loss of vision.

  • 2 - 7 days
  • Learn more about Glaucoma Treatment

>Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric Surgery Consultation

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Gastric Bypass Surgery

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  • Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help patients to lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach. The surgery is performed to help patients with weight-loss after non-surgical methods such as change of diet and regular exercise, have failed to produce results.

  • 2 weeks

    Flying after surgery can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and patients will need to be cleared by the surgeon before flying.

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Gastric Sleeve

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  • Gastric sleeve surgery, which may also be referred to as sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of weight-loss surgery in which a large part of the stomach is removed. As a result, the remaining stomach is only around 25% of the size, meaning patients must eat smaller portions, and must modify their diet.

  • 2 weeks

    After gastric sleeve surgery, the patient will need to be cleared by the surgeon before flying.

  • Learn more about Gastric Sleeve


(4 procedures)

Cardiology Consultation

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  • An echocardiogram, commonly referred to as an echo, is a test that uses sound waves to assess the heart by creating 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional images of the heart.

  • 1 - 2 days

    Patients can usually leave after the procedure, however depending on the findings, they may need to stay longer if treatment is necessary.

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Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

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  • An electrocardiogram (also called an ECG or EKG) is performed to identify problems with the heart, such as heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart defects, heart valve disease, or pericarditis.

  • 1 - 2 days

    Patients can usually fly straight away, unless the electrocardiogram identifies serious heart problems.

  • Learn more about Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

>Colorectal Medicine

(4 procedures)

Anal Fissure Treatment

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Anal Fistula Surgery

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  • Colectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the colon (also called the large intestine). It is performed in order to treat or prevent certain diseases and conditions such as uncontrollable bleeding in the colon, a bowel obstruction, colon cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and diverticulitis.

  • 3 weeks
  • Learn more about Colectomy

>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

(6 procedures)

Neck Dissection

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Pediatric Tongue-Tie Surgery

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Salivary Gland Tumor Removal

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(9 procedures)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

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  • Carpal tunnel surgery, which may also be referred to as carpal tunnel release, is a procedure performed to relieve pain and symptoms caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition which causes numbness and tingling in the hands or arms. The condition occurs when the nerve in the hand becomes compressed.

  • 1 weeks

    Patients may require a follow-up appointment to get stitches removed. If patients need to fly sooner, this should be discussed with the surgeon.

  • Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

Hip Arthroscopy

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  • A hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure performed to examine inside the hip joint and in some cases, to make small surgical repairs.

  • 2 - 4 days
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Hip Replacement

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  • A hip replacement is a surgical procedure to replace the surfaces of the hip joint with a prosthetic implant.

    Hip replacement surgery is a common surgery for patients who are suffering with osteoarthritis, a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints and reduces joint mobility.

  • 1 - 3 weeks

    After surgery on the lower limb, patients have an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis. Any travel plans must be discussed with the surgeon first.

  • Learn more about Hip Replacement

>Spinal Surgery

(5 procedures)

Cervical Disc Disease Treatment

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  • A laminectomy is a surgical procedure performed to alleviate pressure from the spinal cord. The surgery involves removing part of the lamina, which is a vertebral bone, and in some cases part of the ligament. Part of the bone or ligaments can put pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, which causes weakness and numbness in the arms and legs.

  • 2 weeks

    Patients will need to have their stitches removed after 2 weeks and it will take some time for them to be able to walk after the surgery.

  • Learn more about Laminectomy


(6 procedures)

Bladder Stone Removal

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  • Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin which covers the glans penis (the tip of the penis). The procedure can be done by cutting around the foreskin with a scalpel, under either a local or general anesthetic. In young patients, there is also the option to use a compression ring, which is applied and causes the foreskin to fall off after several weeks.

  • 4 days

    Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.

  • Learn more about Circumcision

Kidney Stones Treatment

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  • Kidney stones are deposits of salts and minerals, such as calcium, which form inside the kidney. They are quite common, often more in men than women, and there are many factors that can increase the risk of developing kidney stones.

  • 5 - 7 days

    The time needed will depend on the type of treatment.

  • Learn more about Kidney Stones Treatment

>General Surgery

(2 procedures)

Hiatal Hernia Surgery

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  • A splenectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the spleen. The spleen is located behind the stomach to the left side of the liver and functions to help filter blood in the body, destroying red blood cells which are damaged and are no longer needed.

  • Learn more about Splenectomy


(1 procedure)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Treatment

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>Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

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More about available treatments at Thumbay Hospital

The Thumbay Hospital specializes in orthopedics, urology, ENT, ophthalmology, and laparoscopic surgery and uses state of the art equipment and technology in all its procedures. This includes the radiology department, which has a 1.5 Tesla MRI, a 128 slice CT scan, a 4 dimensional ultrasound scanner, and devices to perform both fluoroscopy and digital mammography.



The Thumbay Hospital is focused on three pillars: healthcare, research, and education. As a result, the team is made up of highly-educated and experienced doctors, many of whom offer pioneering treatment options. They are supported by a team of registered nurses and medical technicians, who work together to ensure patients receive a high standard of medical treatment.

Overall the staff span 20 nationalities, speaking more than 50 languages, making them well-equipped in the treatment of international patients.



External Reviews from Google

  • Adel Amin, January 2020


    During my first experience at Thumbay Hospital, I was taken away with the amount of care and help that were given by everyone at the hospital. With a great range of doctors in all the fields, to extra friendly staff members, the hospital has proved to be an amazing place

  • Kate Maitland, January 2020


    I was served by this young lady in the pharmacy (skaina), and I must say she’s impeccable at what she does as a pharmacist. Really appreciate it.

  • Ashwin Nair, January 2020


    Such horrible experience from a hospital.
    Honestly speaking the staffs were very friendly and attentive...
    But the management here highly irresponsible..
    A patient has to wait here to get the approval from insurance for the treatment eventhough we said that we are ready to pay the full amount.
    The patient was given just the Saline IV eventhough the patient was in a very bad condition because the insurance company took time for approval
    Eventually we have no choice but to take leave from there and take the patient to a different hospital for treatment...
    Considering that this is a hospital where people will be coming in critical scenarios.. waiting for insurance approval to give treatment is just disgusting
    Absolutely disgusted by such attitudes of the management and service here

    Another this is the pharmacy... lack of communication and the time taken here is revolting... had to wait 20-30 mins to get approval from the insurance company only to realize that the medicine is not available there.. so had to sent another quote there requesting approval for a supplement and wait even longer...

    The fact that they deny service unless there is insurance approval is disgusting
    Hoping to never visit this place again

  • Nawaz Kader, November 2019


    Worst experience in my life. Child was having heavy fever and was unable to breath properly. After entering the emergency section, There was no response from receptionist sitting at emergency section whether to ask the cause or even after standing in the queue for more than 20 minutes. That too they haven't even checked the severity of fever and my child's condition and not even a first aid. Better to avoid these kind of hospitals if you have any emergency. Not only my condition, almost all the patients were suffered with this bad attitude yesterday.

  • John Bakhos, November 2019


    We visited the hospital last week for a simple test. The radiology reception was busy and took so long to serve each patient. Fortunately for us the supervisor was there helping to quicken the process. Illaida guided the people and her colleagues accordingly to make the process as efficient as possible given the circumstances. We can only wish that we had people like her in every department to help out as it was so obvious that the hospital was understaffed.