YCI was first launched in the Middle East region in 2007 when the hotels Marriott, Four Seasons and Sheraton piloted the programme in Amman. Over six years of operation, YCI in Jordan has been steadily growing and four more hotels have since joined the initiative in Amman: Grand Hyatt, Le Meridien, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental. Expansion plans within the country include the resort town of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.
Under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) has been coordinating the local operation of the programme successfully since its initial stages of implementation. JRF has brought in a number of non-profit partners that have provided further support and added value to the training programme in Amman.