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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎19r] (37/322)

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The record is made up of 1 file (161 folios). It was created in 14 Dec 1946-28 Aug 1948. 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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as it Vr&s in 1D36 but that there shall
be no nev innovation after the signing (
of the agreement. The Political
Resident ana I recently visited Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha.
and so far as *.e can sre there has
cert?;in]y been no new innovation and
apart from the Ghaikh of Qatar f s fort
at Murair the whole piece is ruined and
deserted. The fort in question was
built several years before the agreement
of 1944 and the Shaikh of Qatar cannot
be c lied upon to oostroy it under the
a^ree-nent, in ^cooruanc® with the
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inlerpretation ^iven above, ilajor
Hi ck in bo t ham v^as however successful in
persuading the Shaikh of Qatar to
withdraw the garrison and when we
visited the place it was occupied by
only two aaturs.
4. I have mfioe enquiries into
complaints received from Your Highness
from time to time and have been unable
to obtain any clear evidence that the
Shaikh of Qatar is persecuting your
subjects or Imposing more restrictions
on them than on other foreigners
entering his country. V/hen Your
Highness* subjects enter Qatar they
must naturally expect to be called upon
to comply with the laws of the country
in the same way as Qatar subjects have
to observe Your ilithness 1 laws and
regulations when they visit Bahrain.
6. In the circumstances
explained there appears to be nothing

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This file contains correspondence about on-going tensions between Bahrain and Qatar regarding the ownership of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. after the Al Khalifa and Al Thani families had signed an agreement (mediated by the British) in 1944. The correspondence discusses disagreements between Bahrain and Qatar concerning their interpretation of the wording of the 1944 agreement and also the emigration of the Al Bu Rumaih tribe from Bahrain to Qatar (without permission of the ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa).

On folios 8-4, the file contains a summary of all the key events related to the dispute over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. from 1766 until 1946.

A small sketch map of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and the surrounding area is contained on folio 117.

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1 file (161 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Formerly a correspondence file bound with treasury tags, the file's pages have been unbound and are now loose.

There are three incomplete foliation sequences and one complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins on the front cover, on number 1, and runs through to 161, ending on the inside of the back cover of the file.

f.117 is stored in an envelope (f.116).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎19r] (37/322), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/372, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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