The German-Omani Association, based in Berlin, was founded on September 4, 1992 in Bonn. The founding members included more than 30 personalities from business, science, politics and diplomacy.
Germany and the Sultanate of Oman have enjoyed diplomatic relations since 1972. The German-Omani Association is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, promoting friendly relations, understanding and cooperation between the two countries and their peoples.
Pursuant to the Articles of September 4, 1992, the Association’s purpose is to promote "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."
This purpose is facilitated by stimulating, promoting and implementing the following measures:
- Events of seminars, conferences, etc. in both countries
- Information on cultural and scientific developments
- Organization of exhibitions and sporting events
- Cooperation between German and Omani schools and universities
- Documentation Centre (Library) in Berlin
President Dr. Wolfgang Zimmermann
Secretary General, Kathrin Payet
Vice President Prof. Dr. Sibylle Brunner (Ms)
Vice President Joachim Düster
Treasurer Alex Moll
Honorary Presidents are
- Lyutha al-Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Germany
- Sheikh Qais al-Khalili (who was appointed by HM Sultan Qaboos in June 2006 as the Honorary President of the Association in Oman)
Honorary members are
- Prof Dr. Fred Scholz, re-known geographer, scientific field research in Oman since 1970 and who published a high number of books and articles on Oman
- Dr. Peter Ramsauer, former federal minister and Klaus Dieter von Horn, retired civil servant foreign office
- Dr. Klaus-Dieter von Horn
Registration / non-profit
The German-Omani Association was entered in the register of the local court of Charlottenburg (Berlin) on July 13, 1993 under number 13 704 Nz. By decision of the Tax Office in Frankfurt III of October 11, 2004 the Association, under the control number 45 250 5583 6 K18 confirmed that the company serves charitable purposes exclusively and directly within the meaning of §§ 51 ff AO.
The Association is recognized as being particularly worthy of support due its charitable purpose of promoting understanding between peoples (Section A, No. 10 of Appendix 1 to § 48 para 2 of the Income Tax) and is eligible to receive membership dues and donations to be used for these purposes, and to issue tax receipts in the officially prescribed form (§ 50 para 1 of the Income Tax).