germanyinbahrain calm. Needless to say, for investors, stability is a very important factor when choosing their destination. Do you know how many Germans are living in Bahrain but travelling across to Saudi for work? Has there been any updated security advice for them in light of the recent attacks on the Saudi oil facilities? We know that a substantial number of Germans are living in Bahrain and travelling to Saudi Arabia for work. We advise all German citizens to download the app “Sicher Reisen” which provides information whenever the security advice changes. The UK has called on France and Germany to help patrol Gulf waters, a role which both countries have previously declined. Do you think the current escalation in tensions, particularly in light of tanker seizures, will change this and are negotiations underway? The situation is evolving and will evolve further until this interview is printed. Germany is supporting efforts to de-escalate the situation because no one stands to gain from a conflict. As we speak, Germany has just strongly condemned the attack of September 14 on two oil facilities in Khurais and Abqaiq. There is no justification for such an attack which heightens tensions and is the very opposite of the de-escalation which we so urgently need in the region. Are there any high-level government visits
(either way) coming up in the next few months? The upcoming Manama Dialogue 2019 will, of course, be attended by German Government representatives – our Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen was here last year and met with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. And HE the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Fawzia Zainal, has been invited by the President of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to visit Germany.
CULTURE You’ve previously spoken of music as a language that transcends borders – are there any cultural exchanges or events coming up in the near future? Please save the date of October 23 when the Berlin rock pop band Treptow will participate in the Bahrain International Music Festival organised by BACA and perform in the Cultural Hall. And for November we are planning an event to introduce the Beethoven year 2020, marking the 250th birthday of the great German composer.
I like to walk and meet people – especially outdoors. Places like Bahrain Fort, Dohat Al Arad, Muharraq, Manama Souq, the Famers’ Market in winter, Zallaq beach or restaurants and shops on Budaya Highway are wonderful to explore. Bahrain is a very safe place where I always meet smiling faces. What aspects of Bahrain would you particularly recommend to German visitors? An absolute highlight are the 15 houses of Shaikh Ebrahim Centre. The magic atmosphere in these places filled with art and conserving the memory of the people who lived and worked in them – be it as intellectuals or craftswomen – is something I have not encountered anywhere else.
His Excellency with Dr Peter Ramsauer and His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Oil Minister, during a visit by GHORFA - Arab - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
PERSONAL How are you and your wife enjoying your time here? Time passes so fast! We enormously enjoy the friendliness and openness of the Bahraini people who have made us feel at home so quickly. What do you like to do in your spare time (if you have any)?
His Excellency promotes commercial integration through the Bahraini-German Business Network
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