It’s no secret – Dubai can be a pretty pricey place to live.

Which is why we’re happy that one of the UAE’s leading healthcare providers is offering free medical consultations in their hospitals and clinics for one hour every Tuesday.

From 4pm to 5pm, Thumbay Group will host free ‘Happiness Hour’ consultations as part of their contribution towards the UAE’s Year of Giving.

Dubai’s Minister of Happiness, Ohood Al Roumi, personally praised the initiative, urging the rest of the private sector to start up similar humanitarian campaigns.

“These kind of initiatives promote the values of empathy and generosity so characteristic of Emirati culture,” Al Roumi told Gulf News.

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Al Roumi went on to mention how Thumbay Group’s initiative is in line with the UAE’s National Happiness and Positivity Programme, which seeks to promote happiness in the UAE society.

Thumbay Group ran the same Happiness Hour campaign last year throughout August, September and October in order to contribute to the UAE’s National Happiness and Positivity Programme.

Now that it’s the Year of the Giving, it seems Thumbay’s Happiness Hour is here to stay.

“We seek to express our admiration for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision of spreading happiness and cheer throughout the country, through this programme which will be available across al Thumbay hospitals and clinics, as well as across the brands under our retail and hospitality divisions,” said Thumbay Moideen, founder president of Thumbay Group.


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At the end of 2016, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, announced the theme that will guide the UAE for the next 12 months.

The aim of the ‘Year of Giving’ is to promote a culture of giving back to the community and to enhance the spirit of volunteering and loyalty to one’s country, according to WAM.

The philanthropic message is all based around the idea of helping others without expecting anything in return, said Sheikh Khalifa, which follows in the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan.

The initiative will focus on creating a sense of “community responsibility” in the private sector, encouraging specialised volunteer programs to help social development, and “instilling commitment in the next generation to serve their country”.

You can read more about it here and here.

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Dubai: 13th Street, behind Lulu Hypermarket, Al Qusais, Dubai. Tel: (04) 6030555. 

Ajman: Al Nuaimiyah, near Hafiz Ibrahim Road, Ajman. Tel: (06) 7463333.

Sharjah: Near National Paint roundabout, next to Muweilah Bus Station, Sharjah. Tel: (06) 5358111.

Fujairah: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road, Fujairah. Tel: (09) 2244233.

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