Bilateral friendship societies such as the German-Omani Association have the task to initiate the widest possible range of contacts between the citizens and the social, economic, political, and cultural actors and scientists of both countries. Typically as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), they pursue projects that are often referred to as grass-root activities, and as such they are independent of government directives, although in their own interest they maintain good and close relations with government agencies. The German-Omani Association is among the longest-established and well-recognized organizations of its kind.
It was founded in 1992 in Bonn,more than 25 years ago. The founding members include more than 30 people from industry, academia, politics and diplomacy. It has its headquarters in Berlin, so it is close to political and diplomatic circles. There are currently more than 150 members, and we would welcome many more!
Germany is connected with the Sultanate of Oman by a history of good and friendly connections that reaches far beyond the now 45+ years of diplomatic relations. As one of the wealthy oil states of the Arabian Gulf, in recent decades the Sultanate of Oman has successfully developed into a modern state with a strong traditional component, but its contacts with Germany go back centuries. Moreover, Oman and Germany have other policy instruments at the multilateral level which strengthen relations between the two countries, respectively as members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU).
Our association is committed to the maintenance, expansion and deepening of relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Sultanate of Oman in the many fields, including politics and economic cooperation. In its founding statutes it has set itself the goal of promoting "understanding and friendship between the people of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Sultanate of Oman, to strengthen mutual understanding and promote cooperation in the areas of culture, science and sports."
Student exchanges, academic programs and informational events and exhibitions are excellent instruments for our work. Furthermore, we pursue the following objectives: Events, seminars and conferences in both countries; cooperation between German and Omani schools and universities; establishment of a German-Omani circle of friends in Oman, and a documentation center (library) in Berlin.
The German-Omani Association is a fertile ground for mutual activities, thanks especially to the support and goodwill shown on the part of the two governments, particularly from the embassies in Berlin and Muscat.
Dr. Wolfgang Zimmermann
President German-Omani Association e.V.