Germany and Oman: Bilateral relations

05.03.2024 - Article

German-Omani relations have traditionally been good and friendly. There are regular bilateral consultations focusing on both politics and economics. In July 2022, Sultan Haitham was the first Omani Sultan to pay an official visit to Germany and was received by the Federal President and the Federal Chancellor.

Since the 1960s, German companies in Oman have helped to successfully build robust infrastructure in the Sultanate through direct investment and direct holdings. Germany is one of Oman’s key economic partners in the non-oil sector. German exports regularly chalk up figures in the high hundred millions. There is future-oriented cooperation in the environmental and renewable energy sectors.

A bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement entered into force on 4 April 2010. The German-Omani double taxation agreement, which was signed on 15 August 2012 in Muscat, has been ratified by Oman. Negotiations on a security agreement are now in the closing stages.

A large number of Omanis travel to Germany for medical treatment, while Germans currently make up the largest group of tourists travelling to Oman from Europe.

Bilateral relations in the cultural and education sectors focus on cooperation in science and technology, in particular in the university sphere, where several cooperation schemes between German and Omani universities are in place. In 2014, Germany and Oman signed a declaration of intent on cooperation on culture, education, science, research and communications. The German University of Technology, a private Omani university in Oman, opened in 2007 and has since been cooperating closely with its German partner university RWTH Aachen. Working with the Omani Education Ministry, the Goethe-Institut offers German lessons in a German Language Centre in Muscat and engages in cultural work in Oman from its regional base in Abu Dhabi. The German-Omani Society based in Berlin seeks to develop friendly relations between the two countries in the cultural and social sphere. On the Omani side, the Omani-German-Friendship Association focuses on promoting economic relations.

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