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'Military Report on the Arabian Shores of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, Trucial Oman and Oman' [‎44] (58/226)

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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who maintain a fully qualified American doctor and ladr
doctor. The former is usually an expert surgeon.
6. Postal. There is a Government of India Post Office
at Bahrein.
1. General. —This region is bounded on the north by the
southern boundary of the Principality of Kuwait and on
the south by the northern frontier of Qatar and the desert
ot Jafura; on the east by the sea and on the west by the
desert of Summan.
It is a province in the dominions of Ibn Saud.
The greater part of Hasa consists of steppe and desert
rising westward from a low coast. The stony ridges of the
Summan running more or less parallel with the coast of
the Gulf intervene between Hasa and the belt of the
Dahana desert which separates it from Nejd. Shallow
wells of drinkable water are fairly numerous.
The Hasa and Qatif oases in the southern part of the
pro\ ince are the only fertile and well watered tracts in
the area.
- ■ Districts Hasa Oasis. —This is an oasis of great fer
tility separated from the Gulf at Oqair by over 30 miles of
desert. It contains the two large towns of Hofuf and
Mubarraz. The mass of the cultivated territory extends
for about, 12 miles to the east of Hcfuf and Mubarraz, but
there are detached blocks of cultivation further to the
The most remarkable physical feature of the Hasa Oasis
is tlie abundance of water in the cultivated area, from a
very large number of springs, some of which are hot. Much
or the area is marshy and there are two small lakes at
Birkat-ul-Asfor, 12 miles E.N.E. of Hofuf, and Birkat
Umm-ul-Mahza, 7 miles east of Ayim. The springs are
x? i drama S e of the highlands of Nejd passing under
the Dahana. &
The oasis extends for about 30 miles noth and south
and 21 miles east and west.
It contains a number of villages.

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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' [‎44] (58/226), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/141, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 October 2019]

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