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
Honorary President of the Association in Germany is H.E. Mrs. Lyutha Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Germany.
Sheikh Qais bin Salim bin Hilal Al Khalili was appointed by HM Sultan Qaboos in June 2006 as the Honorary President of the Association in Oman. Sheikh Qais bin Salim bin Hilal Al Khalili is Executive Manager of Al Khalili Group since 1996.
Other members of the Board of Directors of the Association are as follows:
President: Bruno Kaiser is a founding member of the German-Omani Association and was political consultant to the German Parliament (Bundestag); the parliamentary committee for Euro-Arab Cooperation; and the German-Arab Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Vice Presidents: Joachim Düster, lawyer; since 1984 diplomat of the German Foreign Office, publishes about Oman since 1969 and founded the Oman Studies Centre in 1975, as well as Dr. Wolfgang Zimmermann; 2013 foundation of own firm for international project management and consultancy .
Secretary General: Georg Popp, artist, entrepreneur, photographer and author of the first guide to Oman published in Germany. Director of the international exhibition project "Religious Tolerance in Oman".
Treasurer: Jörg Leutloff, Berlin
Mr. Juma Al-Maskari, Omani, living in Germany, IT expert and founding member of the Association. Since March 2008 Advisor for Communication.
Mr. Alexander Moll, organizer of a number of exhibitions since 2001, Oman, since March 2008 Advisor for Culture.
Mr. Holger Brandt, a businessman, Advisor for Youth .
Mr. Stephan Holzinger, businessman in Munich, Advisor for Health Sector.
Dr. Paul Yule Dr. Paul Yule, archaeologist at Heidelberg University, Advisor for Science.
Natascha Plankermann, journalist, Advisor for Press and Media
Mrs. Gabriele Schmidt MdB is parliamentary Advisor.
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).