FOR9A.com unveiled its dynamic new online platform and mobile application to an audience of over a thousand in the New Abdali this past Saturday. The “Hello FOR9A” event packed three full city blocks with an electric crowd of young people recognizing FOR9A’s first five years and celebrating the accomplishments and potential of youth in the Arab region. Booths from 35 local and international organizations lined the street, introducing guests to a wide range of educational programs and capacity-building. FOR9A founder and CEO Sami Hourani wowed the crowd with a sneak peek at FOR9A’s new features and mobile platform during an exciting stage program that showcased talented young performers and local entrepreneurs. Guests also enjoyed art exhibitions, live music, a pop-up café, contests, and free giveaways.
“Hello FOR9A” was the first outdoor event of its kind in Amman, thanks in large part to the support of Abdali Investment & Development PSC, who provided the venue space as part of their social responsibility initiatives, one of which aims at empowering youth and providing opportunities. At the event, the company’s chairman Mr. Samih Barbir applauded FOR9A’s efforts and expressed his company’s ongoing support for Jordanian youth, the makers of a brighter future.
In addition, the evening featured powerful testimonials about FOR9A’s impact and future potential. In his keynote address, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Jordan His Excellency Paul van den IJessel encouraged the audience to participate in shaping their communities by pursuing the types of opportunities that FOR9A.com offers. The Netherlands Embassy worked closely with FOR9A to fund the event and has been a key supporter since 2014. Ms. Dareen Abu Lail, responsible officer for NET-MED Youth Project which is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNESCO, of which FOR9A is a part, commended FOR9A for its support and advocacy of young people across the region. Ms. Amal Al-Hudhud, who participated in a cultural exchange program to the United States through FOR9A.com, was joined by five other “FOR9A Success Stories” to discuss the way the opportunities they gained from FOR9A have impacted their lives.