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‘File 7/2 VI Landing grounds and seaplane anchorages’ [‎232r] (482/618)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (298 folios). It was created in 5 Aug 1937-30 Apr 1942. 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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) dated 30th March 1942 •
? the "present planned re-
is" referred to by Air
1 that attack should
Shaikh* s guards acting
ter of his authority,
s result of which
e personnel came into
. with local Arabs
trous to security of
es on Arab coast.
1 contingency is raid
uated by any of several
es. Again it is essen-
►onsibility for dealing
. should lie on Shaikh
> •
Commanding, Iraq, are the
mts mentioned under the
'Dubai" in Air Headquarter's „ ^
re no regular police
as exist in Bahrain or
ihaikh could not call
•ves. In any case
i is essential in considering , . .
0 .he most important
Shaikh would accept
isponsibility for pro«
•odrome if the condi-
)• 13015/0rg dated 23rd
L942, a guard of ten men is
Inadequate •
jtion to bear in mind the
Jircumstances of Dubai. The
its of Dubai itself are not
^ positively hostile but l he l8 prepared to
ire they particularly friendl y ., 3pongibllity
are not
Ln circumstances e.g. supposed
) a woman by R.A.F. personnel,. Offioer Commanding-s
Ltous increase in already
chauvinistic tendencies, , mi 3 apprehen3lon of
10b from Dubai might easily oonditlons , ^
.en guards are adequate
jrodrome^ buildings and air-
10 doubt be adequate
I n event of such contingency lneak . thleve3 and
. conditions at Dubai
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2riJ Reminder
3rd Reminder
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If post copy of telegram requirec
Date of despatch of above
List of enclosures
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(Code word for telegrams.)
7. If Air Headquarters are
unwilling or unable to provide 50
rifles could they provide 25 ?
This would Enable 25 armed guards
to be on duty da^ aM night; and it
is possible that the Shaikh could
provide a reserve of 25 rifles
(though only of indifferent quality)
for use in emergency by the guards
who were off-duty.
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The volume’s letters, telegrams and other papers relate to the installation, maintenance and extension of British air facilities along the Arab coast of the Gulf. The principle correspondents in the file are 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. , 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. at Bahrain, the Political Officer on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , and representatives of the Royal Air Force [RAF] and Imperial Airways (referred to after 1939 as the British Overseas Airways Corporation [BOAC]).

Correspondence in the first part of the volume (folios 1e-50) concerns a fire at the RAF petrol store at Doha in August 1937, resulting in serious burns to a number of men. Some of this correspondence also refers to an injury to Nasr bin Jassim [Nasr bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], brother of Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, the ruler of Qatar, suffered while riding his horse during a parade prior to travelling to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. to fight against the Bahraini forces. Agreement was reached between British Government officials and the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Charles Belgrave, for Nasr bin Jāsim to travel to Bahrain for medical attention.

Most of the later correspondence in the volume is dated to the Second World War, and relates to the creation of new or improved RAF facilities in the Gulf in early 1942. These included extended facilities, capable of accommodating bomber squadrons, at Bahrain and Sharjah, and new facilities at Dubai (folio 131). Correspondence also records the arrangements made with the Bahrain hospital and American Missionary hospital in Bahrain, to accommodate RAF patients as required.

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1 volume (298 folios)

The contents of the volume are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the volume to the latest at the rear. There is a set of office notes at the end of the volume (folios 266-97) which mirror the chronological arrangement.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: The volume is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . This foliation system has been adapted from an earlier pagination system. The following foliation anomalies occur: ff. 1a-1e, 34a, 34b, 84a, 85b, 139a, 139b, 193a, 193b. The following folios are missing, as a result of the volume’s original pagination system: ff. 106, 212, 231. The following folios are fold-outs: ff. 47, 48, 65, 93, 104, 138, 173, 174, 179, 211, 230, 268, 277, 278, 280, 282, 287.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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