Relations between Germany and Bahrain are good. Germany is held in high regard in Bahrain as a reliable trading partner and due to the mediating political role it has played in the region.
Since 2004, Bahrain has been holding the Manama Dialogue in cooperation with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Germany uses this key regional forum in the sphere of foreign and security policy to maintain an ongoing exchange with Bahrain and other countries in the region.
Germany is Bahrain’s third most important business partner in the European Union. Germany’s positive image in the country is largely founded on its highly competitive industrial and technology sectors. On the German side, small and medium-sized companies in particular are taking advantage of the good investment climate in Bahrain. At present, around 30 German companies have offices in Bahrain or are engaged in projects in the country. There are approximately 500 German nationals living in Bahrain.
In the cultural sector, the regional office of the Goethe-Institut (GI), located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, has been responsible for Bahrain since 2006. The cultural events offered by the German Embassy in collaboration with Bahraini partner organisations attract considerable interest. German instruction is offered at Embassy language courses, at the University of Bahrain and at the Bahrain School.
Bahrain ratified the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2016 and established a new authority for renewable energy sources in October 2019. The share of renewable energy sources is to be 5% by 2025, increasing to 10% by 2035.