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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎153v] (328/470)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (223 folios). It was created in 27 Jan 1934-24 Mar 1934. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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alternative lines is to be preferred ; the British Government have recognised
Khor-al-'Odaid as belonging to Abu Dhabi and the boundary consequently cannot
be placed nearer to Trucial Oman, though the Al-Thani Sheikhs assert a right
to the whole coast as far as the feabakhat Matti. It is said that three men
stationed at Dohat-as-Salwa, Sakak and Niqa-al-Maharah, respectively, can watch
the whole southern border of Qatar from sea to sea."
(ii) Khor-al- Odaid.
In Vol. II, on page 1367, Mr. Lorimer describes Khor-al-'Odaid as " an inlet or
creek on the coast of the Abu Dhabi principality as its extreme western end: it lies
about 180 miles almost due west from the town of Abu Dhabi. The boundary of
Qatar is either at, or a short distance to the north of, the inlet."
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(iii) 'Aqal.
In Vol. II, pages 88-89, Mr. Lorimer describes 'Aqal as 44 a small littoral district
at the base of the Qatar peninsula upon the east side ; it is bounded by Khor-al-Odaid
on the north-west and by Dohat-an-Nakharlah on the south-east, the distance between
which in a direct line is nearly 35 miles. Inland the depth of the district is on an
average about 20 miles." [N.B.—Nathil (Saudah) in 'Aqal is 20 to 25 miles inland,
westward, from the foot of Khor-al-'Odaid.] " On the landward side 'Aqal is enclosed
by Mijan on the east, the Jafurah desert on the south and south-west, and by Qatar
on the north-west. . . . The Bedouins do not regard 'Aqal as geographically included
in Oman, which in their view is terminated on the west by the Sabakhat Matti; but
the district has been recognised by the British Government as forming part of the
territories of the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi, and must therefore be considered to belong,
in the political sense, to Trucial Oman."
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(iv) Ahu Dhabi.
In Vol. II, page 405, under "Ahu Dhahi," Mr. Lorimer remarks: "Upon the
coast Abu Dhabi reaches from ... to Khor-al-'Odaid on the west—a distance of over
200 miles. The Sheikh of Abu Dhabi in 1895 claimed that his frontier extended to
the Bay of Umm-al-Hul, near Wakrah in Qatar, but his claim was not approved by
the Government of India; Bishairiyah has also been named as the limit of his State
in this direction, but no good reason has been adduced for supposing that bis
jurisdiction ever extended beyond Khor-al-'Odaid, though the northern shore of that
inlet should perhaps be reckoned as included with the inlet itself in his territories.
Inland the frontiers of Abu Dhabi are not defined. It is asserted that on the east
they reach to the Baraimi oasis, but without taking it in, and on the south they may
presumably be placed at the margin of the Ruba'-al-Khali."
(v) Barr-al-Qarah.
Lot imei, II, 1482. A coastal tract in Eastern Arabia which may perhaps be
reckoned as included in the Sanjaq of Ilasa [itself, for the purposes of the Anglo-
J urkish Convention of 1913, included m the Ottoman Sandjak of Nejdl. It reaches
trom Kas-as-Sufairah on the north to the bottom of Dohat-as-Salwa on the south, a
distance of about 36 miles ; and inland it extends to a depth of about 12 miles.
JJpon the coast it meets Barr-al-'Oqair to the north and Qatar to the south of it; and
man., m a nections, it merges in the Jafurah desert. Some authorities would
even make Barr-al-'Qarah a part of Jafurah. ..."
!elt to-
(vi) Jafurah.
.Jabim and the southern extremity of Sabakhat Matti respectively . On the east
Miian on the so m h if t ° south " ^ Barr-al-'Qarah, Qatar, 'Aqal and
Jafurah encloses Lihr' 18 015 Vi ^ | ^"^-al-Khali. It may be added here that
Barr-al-'Oarah is a iiort ' l '^ 0 ? i r 110 1 1 ! a east ail( ' ^t, in the opinion of some,
^ arah lb a P ortlon of J^furah desert and not a separate tract.
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The volume contains correspondence between 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. in Bushire, 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. in Bahrain and the Secretary of State for India, on the Qatar oil concession, on the Southern boundary of Qatar and on the role of Ibn Saud in the negotiation.

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There is an index at the end of the volume ( folios 211-216).

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1 volume (223 folios)

The papers in this file are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 211-216. The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is on top right-hand corner, starting on the first page of writing and finishing on the back cover. The numbering is in pencil, enclosed by a circle and starts with 1, then 115, 116A, 116B, 116C, then carries on until 221, which is the last number given. There is a second pagination on the top right corner, uncircled, starting on folio 22 (numbered 21) to folio 100 (numbered 99) and then from folio 116a (numbered 113) until folio 210 (numbered 207).

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