The Embassy of Oman in Berlin
Amb. Maitha Al Mahrouqi
Al Mahrouqi studied at Oxford Brookes University. In 1999 she was the first woman from the Gulf region to gain a BSc in Cartography, this was awarded by the UK Board of Cartography. She also has an MA in marketing from the University of Hull. Her career began in the aviation sector. In 2011 she was appointed as the Undersecretary for Tourism for the Government of Oman. In 2016 she was awarded the Golden Shield of Excellence for the Tourism Sector from Arab Women's Council. She was also the vice-chair for the National Aviation Group of Oman's board of directors.
The oldest independent state in the Arab world, Oman is one of the more traditional countries in the Gulf region and was, until the 1970s, one of the most isolated. The celebration of Oman’s National Day takes place every year on November 18 as a celebration of independence from the Portuguese in 1650.
Germany is held in high regard in Oman. Political relations are friendly and untroubled. The most recent bilateral political consultations were held in Berlin in May 2014; the Joint Economic Commission met in Berlin in November 2014. Former Federal President Wulff paid an official visit to Oman in December 2011. German Bundestag President Lammert visited Oman in March 2013, Bundestag Vice-President Claudia Roth in March 2014. Oman’s Foreign Minister Alawi travelled to Berlin in May 2013 for talks with the German Foreign Minister. The German federal states regularly send delegations to Oman for talks. Most recently, deputy Minister-President Tarek Al-Wazir from Land Hesse and Finance Minister Eveline Lemke from Land Rhineland-Palatinate met delegations in Muscat in February 2015.
The activities of German companies in Oman since the 1960s have helped to successfully build a robust infrastructure in the Sultanate and have created a considerable measure of trust. Germany has always been one of Oman’s key economic partners.
Bilateral relations in the cultural and education sectors focus on cooperation in science and technology, in particular with Oman’s Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Heritage and Culture, as well as between German universities and the Sultan Qaboos University and the University of Nizwa. Since 2005, Omanis have been arriving in Germany to study under the Omani government’s scholarship programme.