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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎116r] (244/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 24 Jul 1935-15 May 1937. 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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appendix »c»
suggested security arhang^mhnts.
ftater i<nginaer Drillers and Gsologists will be
instr ucted to consult and take the advice Hajji
ff^ x ® 1B3 ° n 0X1 security qi^stions in connection
*7i? ^ f and Hajji ailisason
^U-i oe with the Qatar party for some time and later
accompany the geologists on their movements on the
frucial Coast.
Hajji ^illiamaon will approach the Shaikhs concerned
to suggest and appoint suitable guides and guards.
At Qatar (outside bhah) these will be taken from
leaders. At Dubai the brother or son of
tne Bhaiich will be asked to accompaDy the party. A t
Abu lhabi, similarly, suitable members of the ruling
families will be asked for.
The principle that guides and guards are to be taken
from the different tribes whose country is to be
traversed will also be adhered to.
The actual composition of guides and guards at any
one time will depend very largely on the circumstances
and places and no hard and fast rules are feasible.
With due difference to the Shaikh suggestions it will
be endeavoured to»restr4ct guides to one or two per
party moving and guards not more than two per person,
this number also being governed by ciraomstances and
transport available.
As a general rule head guides will be paid Hs.35/- plus
Rs.15/- ration allowance per mensem and guides and
guards Rs.30A plus ^s.15/-.
Members of the ruling families accompanying parties
will be recompensed with suitable presents^
Instructions to all personnel in English and Aabic
will be prepared for communication when camps or
parties are formeci to includei
(a) No movements of any distance vill be attempted
without prior consultation and arrangement with
the Shaikh
(5) No British or foreign person will move outside
camp or away from his party without a guide or
(c) No "foreigner" out of camp *111 Instruct guards
to return to camp or leave him alone for anv
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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between 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 and 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. at Bushire, Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives and ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, in regard to the oil concession and the beginning of the oil exploration in Qatar. The volume includes: Programme of operations in Qatar from November 1936 to May 1937 (folios 110-118) and 'General and brief note on the water drilling operations of Petroleum Concessions Limited in Qatar' (folios 209-212).

There are some letters in Arabic, to and from the Sheikh of Qatar.

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1 volume (230 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 215-221). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 2) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

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The main foliation is written in pencil, circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. The numbering commences at the title page with 1, then 2-37; 38 and 38A; 39-55; 56 and 56A; 57-198; 199 and 199A; 200 and 200A; 201-217; 218 and 218A and it carries on until 225, which is the last number given to the back cover. There is also a second foliation sequence, incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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