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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎4r] (7/72)

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The record is made up of 1 file (34 folios). It was created in 1938. 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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REVIEW.
ARAB SIDE.
General. —In the Review of the Administration Report for 1936 a Retro
spect of the years 1926—1936 was given which indicated the considerable
changes which had come about during that decade on the Arab side of the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . A summary of these changes was given as follows :—
" During the comparatively short period of 10 years, from the commu
nications point of view the Gulf has changed from a cul-de-sac
to an highway between East and West; from the resources
point of view the discovery of oil in an area under our control
is of considerable strategical importance ; while from the inter
national point of view the relations of the Arab Shaikhdoms with
their neighbours have increased considerably in importance and
complexity."
During the year under review the Arab side has if anything increased in
importance by the multiplication of the Imperial Airways Weekly Services,
and by—to anticipate the events of 1937—the finding of oil at Kuwait, and in
Saudi territory at Hasa. From the international point of view the relations
of the Arab Shaikhdoms with their neighbours show no signs of decreasing in
importance.
Royal Navy.—The sloops of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Division continued their
useful duties on the Arab coast and frequently transported the Political Resi
dent and political officers under him on their tours.
Aviation. —The Royal Air Force continued to maintain the strategical
air route on the Arab coast. They made numerous routine flights, and, on
requests, carried political officers on their duties.
The Imperial Airways services were increased from two to four services a
week under the Empire Air Mail scheme. In connection with this scheme air
facilities were obtained from the Shaikh of Debai and negotiations were opened
with the Rulers of Bahrain and Muscat for the revision of the Civil Air Agree
ment.
Oil Interests. —In June, under the auspices of 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. , Muscat,
two concessions covering the territory of the Sultan of Muscat and Oman were
obtained by Petroleum Concessions Limited.
With the assistance of the political authorities and after prolonged nego
tiations, Petroleum Concessions Limited procured concessions from the Shaikhs
of Debai and Sharjah, and negotiations continued with regard to the
remaining Shaikhdoms.
In Qatar drilling operations continued.
The Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited completed the construction of
their refinery, and had an even more successful year than during 1936, when
500,400 tons of crude oil and 9,200 tons of fuel oil were exported. During the
year under review the total production of oil was 1,061,347 tons. Ihe total
personnel of the Company for the last three years is as follows :—
1935.
1936.
1937.
Americans . . . .
49
153
126
European British subjects
• •
26
157
308
Indian British subjects .

61
323
214
Bahrainis ...

1,283
3,747
3,304
f Iranians
• • •
1
Others ^ Iraqis

V 244
658
688
(^Kuwaitis, etc. .

J
Total
1,663
5,038
4,640
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The file consists of Administration Report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1937 (New Delhi: Government of India Press, 1938).

The Report, prepared by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , summarises important information relating to the Gulf and notable events in the Gulf during 1937. The Report contains a review by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , and separate sections on each of the agencies, consulates, and other areas that made up the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . The information provided includes lists of personnel, movements of British officials and foreigners, local administration, military and naval matters, aviation, the political situation, trade and commerce, medical reports, meteorological reports, and related information.

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1 file (34 folios)
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There is a list of contents at the front of the Report, on folio 3.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 36 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio.

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