Welcome to the German Embassy Manama
On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, Bärbel Kofler, issued the following statement today (19 August 2016):
World Humanitarian Day on 19 August
Demanding to be Heard: The Second Congress of “New German Organisations”
Minorities, some of them born here, all of them people who now live, work and think, here, want to be accepted and have their voices heard. That should be a matter of course - but it isn’t. Various interest groups are calling for more diversity in public life, united under the roof of the Neue Deutsche Organisationen, or New German Organisations. At their Second Congress, they again took a long hard look at Germany.
2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Visitors will be able to savour the Olympic and Paralympic spirit at a particularly special location in Rio de Janeiro. From 4 August to 18 September, Leblon Beach will be playing host to the OliAle Pavilion, a meeting point for Brazilians, tourists and all those looking to experience Rio 2016 with a German-Brazilian atmosphere.
Find out more about this new form of German participation in the Summer Olympics and about the Olympic games at
For two weeks, the participants have been bravely battling their way through adjective declensions and nominal constructions – but above all, they have proved their intercultural skills and made friends from all over the world. A ceremony was held at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (29 July 2016) to pay tribute to the participants and winners of this year’s International German Olympics.
International German Olympics 2016
Energy Efficiency Award 2016: Competition for energy-efficient companies launched
For the tenth time, the German Energy Agency (dena) seeks outstanding energy efficiency projects for the Energy Efficiency Award. Companies from industry, trade and commerce from all over the world can apply for this international award until 30 June 2016. You can find all the information you need to enter for free at
From 2 to 5 May 2016 Germany will host the Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the first time.
2016 ADB Annual Meeting
In the current legislative term, cultural relations and education policy plays a greater role than ever before. In a world that seems to be out of joint, and in which conflicts are increasingly of a cultural and religious nature, the notion that ideological mindsets can only be overcome through differentiation, discussion and collaboration in the fields of culture, education and science is of particular importance.
Cultural relations and education policy forum
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue: Strategies for an International Energy Transition
Politicians, business executives, and experts from around the world discuss joint strategies to protect the climate at the first international energy transition conference held at Germany’s Foreign Ministry.
Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989
In September 1989, thousands of refugees from East Germany occupied the West Germany Embassy in Prague. After some tough negotiations in New York, then foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy balcony, spoke the words that would resolve the crisis and make history: "We have come to you..."
False Expectations – Refugees Return Home
People set off from all parts of the globe, giving up their work and home, because they’re convinced they can find refuge in Germany and that they’ll improve their economic prospects. But there is no such thing as economic asylum. Often they can’t find what they’ve heard through rumours on the internet and even misinformation spread by people smugglers. So more and more refugees are turning around and heading home voluntarily.
Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”
On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.
Further information is available on the following websites:
The green Energiewende Sofa
Following the first Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue in March 2015, the German Federal Government continues the international exchange on the Energiewende:
Video "The green Energiewende Sofa"
In June 2016 the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel was honored as “Energy Municipality of the Month” by the Renewable Energies Agency. The town already reached its self-chosen climate and energy goals for 2020 this year.
Energy Municipality of the Month
Refugees whose asylum applications have been turned down have to leave Germany
The flow of refugees to Germany continues. In 2015, more than a million asylum-seekers registered here... that’s the highest number ever. However, not all of them are granted residency.
Goethe-Institut language examinations in Bahrain
The latest language examinations for Fit-in-Deutsch-1 were held on 16 January 2016 in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Abu Dhabi.
Goethe-Institut language examinations in Bahrain
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The German Embassy would like to invite you to a fund raiser for “The People of Socotra”. The event is organized by the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage in Bahrain.
Fund raising event for "the People of Socotra"
Germany was one of the first countries to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol on 30 March 2007, ratifying it on 24 February 2009. The objective is to allow people with disabilities to participate equally in political, social, economic and cultural life, to offer them equal opportunities in education and the world of work, and to offer all citizens the chance to play their own self determined part in a barrier free society.
Inclusion in Germany
GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES
Interested in learning German
Join our new German language courses in September 2016!
Term dates: 18th September – 15th December 2016
Registration is open from now
First class German lessons corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)!
The teachers are experienced and highly qualified. Each participant will be issued with course completion a certificate by the German Embassy. Additionally, students who have reached a certain language level are able to take certified language examinations by the Goethe-Institut.
Special packages are available for children and school/ university students. For details see our terms and conditions.
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The fight against ISIS: German Bundestag approves Bundeswehr mandate
On Friday (4 December), the German Bundestag voted by a large majority to approve a mandate for the Bundeswehr to be deployed against the terrorist organisation Islamic State (ISIS).
Click here for further details.
Refugee crisis - what German foreign policy is doing
Dealing with the worldwide refugee crisis is an international challenge. Combating the causes of flight and raising awareness in countries of origin ‑ these are the priorities of German foreign policy.
More information on German foreign policy in the refugee crisis
Ausstellung und Workshop
“Colours of Berlin”
Under the Patronage of
The Arab Regional Center for World Heritage
Venue: Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, Manama
Sunday, 8 November 2015 -...
Ausstellung und Workshop
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the German Unity, the German Embassy Manama was holding a reception at the residence of the German Ambassador. High- ranking representatives of the Bahraini g...
25th anniversary of the German Unity
German Ambassador Simms-Protz handed over a certificate of attendance to Mr. Marc Farrell, teacher of German language at the Bahrain School, on his participation in the workshop for the Goethe-Institu...
Certificate of Attendance for Goethe Excamination
Improve your German with Deutsche Welle's audio and video programs, which include language lessons for beginners, information about Germany and news in German.
Interactive online German course
Study visit of the NIHR and the Ombudsman to Berlin
(© International Legal Cooperation )
Representatives of the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR), the Ombudsman Office and the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission took part in a study visit to Berlin/ Germany from 23 to 28 November 2014 organized by the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ) and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The EU Chaillot Prize 2014 for the Protection of Human Rights in the GCC region will be presented this year to the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) and the Ombudsman Office for their engagement favouring human rights promotion and awareness in the GCC region.
Global education partner
Education is considered the raw material of the 21st century. When it comes to this resource, Germany is a very rich country and sees itself as a pioneer of international knowledge networking. In “Global education partner”, the special feature in the latest issue of DE Magazin Deutschland and on the deutschland.de website, you can find out more about why Germany is an attractive destination for learners and teachers. And get to know people with educations and careers in which Germany has played an important role. Also in this issue: insights into the life and work of Reformer Martin Luther 500 years ago and a report on new spaces for art.
Topical dossier on “Global education partner”
Media library on the deutschland.de website
Life Links: DW launches multimedia documentary series
"What holds you back" - that question is the starting point for Life Links. Young people around the world represent both the target audience and protagonists for DW's new documentary-style format.
Further information on the new documentary-style format
News of Deutsche Welle available worldwide via Outernet
Deutsche Welle has signed an agreement with the newly-launched Outernet as an additional content distribution channel. The satellite-based Internet provider promises free access to information.
Press release on "Outernet"
Internship in Germany
An internship can be a great way to try a career on for size or get your foot in the door in your preferred field. This month at Young Germany we have all the information you’ll need to find, apply for, and keep an internship in Germany.
Information on an internship in Germany
Nowadays European policy covers all policy fields. To be an effective advocate of Germany’s interests in Europe, the Federal Government needs efficient policy coordination mechanisms.
German policy on Europe