Startup of the Week: Global Think Group - Bridging the information gap

Dafnis is a communication specialist while Marco is an economist with a large network of contacts and access to useful data resources. (Photo: Basheer Saleh)
Updated 04 December 2018
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Startup of the Week: Global Think Group - Bridging the information gap

  • Dafnis said: Saudi Arabia is moving so fast right now and it is so difficult to keep up

RIYADH: With the dawn of the age of information technology, many aspects of human life have turned upside down. From work culture to personal life, everything has undergone a rapid transformation.
In such a situation, the importance of research and statistics has increased manifold. In order to cope with the challenges of today’s world, different organizations have emerged around the globe. They are focused on gathering data and information and analysis of those statistics to gauge public views and to understand popular choices. On the basis of their findings, they help the public and private sectors make informed decisions.
The announcement of Vision 2030 has put Saudi Arabia on the fast track to progress thus creating the need for specialized research and communications firms.
Global Think Group is one such company founded with the sole purpose of catering to the needs of the Kingdom.
It was launched two months ago by Andrianna Dafnis and Marco Binenti. The duo has extensive experience of working in the Saudi market. Prior to the launch of their own company, they were associated with a Riyadh-based research and publishing company.
Dafnis is a communication specialist while Marco is an economist with a large network of contacts and access to useful data resources. It is a perfect combination needed to fulfill various information requirements of the private and public sectors.
Keeping in view the rapid pace of development in Saudi Arabia, they launched their company to utilize their skills in an effective manner.
“Saudi Arabia is moving so fast right now and it is so difficult to keep up (with the pace),” said Dafnis.
The partners said they used to receive offers for freelance jobs due to their contacts and resources but their official commitments prevented them from accepting those assignments.
Due to the huge demand for their skills, they thought of launching their own business.
“We are trying to bridge the gap between economic research in Saudi Arabia and the business sector,” said Binenti.
They are focused on the Saudi market and planning to hire local talent for their fast-expanding business.
“We are building our capacity. Our dream, which makes us different from other companies, is that we are focused on Saudi Arabia. We opened up a corporate entity here in Riyadh. We don’t have any branch in America, or Dubai. Everything is here. And we want to expand from here. We don’t want to expand from New York to Saudi Arabia. We want to expand from Riyadh to New York,” said Dafnis.
“We are counting a lot on Saudi talent, on finding it and making it grow with us in our company.”
Through their company, they have helped build many bridges internationally and locally such as helping their client Maven Marketing and Events to bring Ronaldinho to Saudi Arabia for Misk Global Forum.
The Global Think group has many clients from the government and private sectors and the list is growing.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.