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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎23v] (46/72)

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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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His Highruess the Ruler of Kuwait has very kindly agreed to send some
of the newspapers subscribed to by him, to the Library.
(e) Education. —Education continues to be suited to the requirements.
For an Arabian town the standard is high, and the girl schools are particularly
good and well attended. The number of " Khatim " or graduates during the
year was :—
Girls 20
(/) jT - c y Semis. —The Boy Scouts movement was inaugurated in Kuwait
by the Palestinian teachers during the period under review. More than
hundred boys have been enrolled.
(r) Bank for Kuwait— After long negotiation the Eastern Bank, having
h;.d its competitor, the Ottoman Bank, eliminated, decided to resort to its
original policy of not committing itself to open a branch.
(/?) Post office. —The Ruler continued during the year under report to
press 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. for a Post Office under either his or the Political
Agent's influence, unlike the Iraqi Post Office now here, which acknowledges
no control of anyone in the State. This has been the subject of correspon
dence and progress towards a better arrangement has been made.
(i) Telephone system for Kuwait. —The Ruler has continued to hope for a
telephone system, and progress towards obtaining one has been made.
i j) Imperial Airways. —The two weekly land services were cut down to
one from October and information was received that the remaining service
would be terminated early in 1938 owing to shortage of landcraft.
The percentage of non-landings to the whole number of passages across
the territory was roughly 20 per cent., i.e. a proportion of 4 : 1 between land
ings and non-landings.
[k) Boat building and Pearl diving—Boats. —A note on the number,
tonnage, etc. of boats built during the year will be found in the Trade Re
port for 1936. The boat building industry has greatly improved and the
yards were kept busy throughout the year ; many boats being ordered from
elsewhere on the Arabian Coasts, where the leading Kuwaiti builders are
gaining a very high reputation for sound building.
Pearls. —The pearl season showed a slight improvement in prices and in
finds over last year.
The number of boats out this year was 300.
(/) The Pilgrimage to Mecca [Haj) from Kuwait.—The number of pilgrims
who left Kuwait in the year was :—
Kuwaitis by camel
Kuwaitis by sea
Kuwaitis by car
Iraqis by car through Kuwait .
The Quarantine Building and Isolation Hospital were extensively re
paired and are now in very good order. [But see Para, (o) below].
(w) The Radio. —There are now about 100 radios in Kuwait territory.
The effect of the Rome (Bari) Arabic broadcast is well known, and has,
as was long hoped, since the year terminated, been countered by a London
broadcast in Arabic of " straight news ".
The richer people of Kuwait are now definitely wireless " fans ", and
follow all the Arabic and some of the English broadcasts closely. The news,
thus received, in the usual topic at the morning " Mejlis " of His Highness
the Sheikh, to which daily all the notables go, before beginning their day's
Hunting parties habitually take out Battery sets to their camp, although
some hawkers do complain that next day their falcons are the worse for such
noise at night.

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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)

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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