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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎51r] (101/174)

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The record is made up of 1 file (85 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1949-31 Dec 1949. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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moved Bahrainis to indignation against the assassins.
The report that they communicated with the British po
litical authorities immediately after the murders has
caused comment unfavourable to His Majesty's Government
and its policy in Syria.
121. Q ATAR .
(i) A1 Thani .
Shaikh Abdullah signed with Sir Hugh VA. ^htman
on August 6 a concession for t/ho ^atar sea-bed oil.
Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited consider that the
sea-bed is covered by their existing concession the matte'*
will now go to arbitration.
Members of the A1 Thani family feeling that
Shaikh Abdullah was not giving them a sufficient share f _
the oil royalties stirred up trouble in Dona^ana tnr^atenc.u
a riot in the bazaar. Shaikh nbi j.lah woo is a-ep-^a.'
well as avaricious was obliged to o'uy o f tne fan" 1^.
It is reported that he pronged to pay mo,.ohiv^sums ox ^ ^
Rs.110 to those under 12 years of age, Rs.^Ck to v ^urr - o
members, sind: Rs.lOOO to married rremh®-- the fami-y.
(ii) T he "Shaikh " of_Wa 1
Ref erenceoparapuaph 112 of Summary
Following a further visit from H.M.^
opposition to the erection of navi gat: oc.u^n a ^
Wakrah ceased. The so-called Shaikh of V -rah wrote sub
missively to the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. and asked if he a..ght be grantee
an interview with the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , As the Ruj or !•--
held responsible for internal security in Qatar it s not
intended to encourage the so-called Shaikh.
(i) United States N avy.
On the 4th U.S.S. "Greenwich Bay" arrived at
Sharjah and left the next day. The R” 1 er of Sharjah went
on board to call upon Captain W 7. r Augan, L.S.L. -om-
mander, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Area, and t> commanding Offir- n
Captain T.P. Thomas, U.S.N., thase office*. -
call the same day.
(ii) Pear ling.
All the Truci * 5 ' 1 ^oart pearling boats have left
for the banks.
(iii) Bri gandage.
Reference par»"-sr> 1 98 (iii) of Summary No. 11.
Shaikh Zayid bin Sultan, brother of the Ruler
of Abu Dhabi, is reported to have arrested Tuwainsh al o a -L 3 -
at Buraimi at the request of Siddiq Sami, the truck owntx__
who is an Abu Dhabi subject. Shaikn Zayid has a ^vd bi .d x
Sami to come to Burb 'mi and receive compensation icv tne
damage incurred.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1949. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports contain information covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally;
  • American interests in the region;
  • local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.
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1 file (85 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 87; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-87; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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