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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎60v] (120/328)

The record is made up of 1 volume (157 folios and 7 maps in pocket). It was created in 1940. 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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have been going on for several years but no agreement has
yet been reached (September, 1939).
3. Physical Practically the whole promon
tory consists of undulating rocky and pebbly desert The
northern part is very low-lying, though the southern por
tion is generally higher than Bahrein Island. The onlv
hill of any importance is Jabal-At-Tawar.
The soil is poor, consisting in the best localities of
gravel and marl mixed with sand. There are practically
no fields or date groves. Such gardens as exist near towns
and villages are small and unproductive. Hardly a tree
is to be seen anywhere. The only natural vegetation is
coarse grass, growing m tufts among the sandhills, and
some occasional stunted brushwood.
fwS t ^ CeUtr( l,- of } he Promontory the water level is be
en ^50 and ..oO feet below the surface of the ground.
wnnM K SUrfaCe the north a nd west i^ fairly hard and
lubtfufifW in m0St PlaCeS f0r ^ velllc ^ but ^ ^
Sound y arm( ? ure( l cars co nM traverse the uneven
b^Cn In the sou tb-east,
dunes are i.nQ Vn rontier ? the soft sand and sandy
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out ^£7 Plaees-The chief town of Qatar, and the
Ras RakfiT • 1S ' situated 63 miles south of
Of th® D e2,3» r0 T ately half wa y <io ™ th e ^ ^
assistance could £ven t
protected by reefs a n rl . i ifm g fairly Wel1
Doha is about 19 onrv iv. sandbanks. The population of
town is ^ no sense a' ™ J" ^ n0 BriUsl1 Sub j eets - ^
of stone and the nnh 1 -^r 6 " 1 ( l ne ' the houses are mostly
Sheikh Fairlv ' n? of ^ size is the of the
wells at Mushairib olip er ? obtaiIiabIe from a group of
—es of iicS^S ar^^tor
the most

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This volume contains geographical information and maps about the Arabian States 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. . It was produced by the General Staff, India, and printed by the Manager, Government of India Press, Simla, 1940.

The volume is divided into two sections: 'Military Report' including general descriptions of Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , Muscat and Oman (folios 6-127) and 'Routes' (folios 128-164) including maps of:

and sketches of:

  • Bahrein Oil Company's area and important places (f 163);
  • Sharjah and Dibai [Dubai] (f 158).
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1 volume (157 folios and 7 maps in pocket)
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There is a foliation sequence, which is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the front cover, on number 1, and ends on the last of several maps which are stored in a pocket at the back of the volume, on number 164.

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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎60v] (120/328), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C252, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 15 December 2019]

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