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'Military Report on the Arabian Shores of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, Trucial Oman and Oman' [‎33] (47/226)

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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separates the promontory of Qatar and the mainland of
The most striking feature of the Bahrein group of
islands is the low-lying and flat featureless nature of the
land and the shallowness of the surrounding sea. which is
a mass of reefs, partially dry at low water.
The anchorage of Bahrein is entirely exposed and land
ing of men and animals would be much interfered with in
a high wind from any direction.
Muharraq, which lies north-east and is separated from
Manama bv a strait miles broad, has a maximum dia
meter of 5i miles, but owing to its horse-shoe shape has
actually a very small area.
Umm-Na'san, which is less than 4 miles by 2}, lies 3
miles off the west coast of Manama.
Sitrah separated from the east coast by a narrow
channel has a length of 4^ miles from north to south and
a maximum breadth of miles.
Nehi Sola, commonly called Jasaira, lying in the inlet
of Kabb on the east coast north-west of Sitrah, has a
diameter of only | mile.
Manama, the principal island, has an extreme length
of 30 miles from north to south and a maximum breadth
of 10 miles.
The land surface of Manama is mostly flat and low-
lying but rises gradually to an interior plateau 200 to.
300 feet high, in the middle of which is an oval depression
about 13 miles long from north to south and about 4 miles
wide. On this plateau is the only hill on the island,
Jebel Dukhan 440 feet in height. The plateau is stony
and surrounded by a sandy plain which extends m all
directions to the coast draining generally from west to
east. On the north side of the plateau is a wide held of
ancient tumuli covering about 12 square miles^ called by
the Arabs Muraqib. A large inlet, Khor-el-Kabb, runs
into the east side of the island penetrating nearly to the
With the exception of the central plateau the northern
half of the island is covered with extensive date planta«
tions while the southern half is sandy and barren.

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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).

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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' [‎33] (47/226), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/141, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 October 2019]

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