Bahrain: Bilateral Relations to Germany
Relations between Germany and Bahrain are good. Germany is held in high regard in Bahrain as a reliable trading partner and due to its mediating political role in the region. Political exchange between Germany and Bahrain is increasingly also taking place in the form of high-level diplomatic visits.
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 language courses are offered by the Embassy, the University of Bahrain and 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 aim is to ensure that the share of renewable energy sources is 5% by 2025, increasing to 10% by 2035.