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'Military Report on the Arabian Shores of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, Trucial Oman and Oman' [‎15] (29/226)

The record is made up of 1 volume (112 folios). It was created in 1933. 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.


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1. lioiuidaries. —The frontier fixed in 1920-23 between
Kuwait and Nejd starts from the junction of the VVadi-al-
Auiah with the Batin in the west; running thence (leaving
Riqai to Nejd) in a straight line to the junction of the
29th parallel of latitude with the arc of a semicircle having
Kuwait as centre and a radius of 42 miles; thence follow-
incr the semicircle to a point immediately south of Kas-al-
Oaliva This forms the southern boundary of the recog
nized territory of Kuw«it. The frontier between Kuwait
and Iraq starts from the junction of adi-al-Aujah and
the Batin, thence northwards following the centre line ot
the Batin, curving eastwards south of Safwan (leaving
Safwan to Iraq), and then south-east to the head ot Khm-as-
Sabiva; whence it follows the northern shore of Khor
Abdulla until it reaches a point opposite the eastern end
of Warba Island. Tt then follows the centre of K1 | or
Abdulla to the open sea including the Island oi Warba,
Bubiyan, Mashtan, Failaka, Auhah, Kubbar, Qaru and
IT itim-al - M a r a dim. Failaka only is inhabited; it has one
village called Zoc and a few settlements.
The tract of country bounded on the north by the
southern boundary of Kuwait, on the east by the sea,
on the south by a straight line running eastwards from
the Shaqq through Ain-al-Abd to the sea north of Ras-
Misha'ab and on the west by the Shaqq, 18 recognised as
common to the two states of Kuwait and Ne]d until
such time as a fresh agreement be arrived at between
The Iraq neutral area (Tawal Adh Dhafir) is an area in
the shape of a parallelogram having its north, south, east
and west angles at Al-Amghar, A1 TJqubba, a point m the
vicinity of Ar Rigai, and Ansab.
I^ ote .—Prior to the "1923 Frontier Agreement " the
Sheikh of Kuwait was the recognised overlord and entitled
to levy tribute over a much larger area. This area in
cluded in the west the line of the Batm to the wells ot
- Hafar inclusive. It then turned south-east and included
the wells of Safa, Qar'aa, Haba and Warba; the village

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The volume is Military Report on the Arabian Shores of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, Trucial Oman and Oman (Calcutta: Government of India Press, 1933). The volume was produced by the General Staff, India. The place name Bahrain is rendered in the title and elsewhere in the volume in the spelling 'Bahrein'.

The volume contains information in separate sections for each of the places listed in the title under the following chapter headings:

  • I Historical (ff 8-14);
  • II Geography, Climate, Health (ff 15-54);
  • III Population (ff 54-67);
  • IV Water Supply; Resources (ff 68-70);
  • V Armed Forces (ff 70-75);
  • VI Aviation (ff 75-78);
  • VII Political (ff 79-81);
  • VIII Inter-Communication [wireless and telegraph] (ff 81-82);
  • IX Communications [land routes] (ff 83-98).

There are three appendices, which follow the same format:

  • I Currency, Weights and Measures (f 99-102);
  • II Landing Facilities - Maritime (ff 103-106);
  • III List of Maps (f 106).

The volume includes five maps of the region (ff 109-113).

Extent and format
1 volume (112 folios)

There is a list of contents on ff 6-7, which contains an inaccuracy in the title and number of the last chapter.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 1 on the front cover and terminates at 113 on the last of the five maps inserted in a pocket attached to the back cover. The numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and appear 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. All five maps (ff 109, 110, 111, 112, 113) need to folded out to be examined. This is the system used to determine the sequence of pages in the volume.

Pagination: an original printed pagination sequence, numbered 2-198 appears between ff 8-106.

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'Military Report on the Arabian Shores of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, Trucial Oman and Oman' [‎15] (29/226), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/141, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 July 2020]

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