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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎92r] (194/462)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (231 folios). It was created in 21 Jul 1937-14 Nov 1946. 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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I hastened to say that I recently approached the M.B.S.C.
to have the quotas re-adjusted, and that we were reducing
the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. by 500 tons which was being re-allocated
amongst Kuwait, Bahrain and liuscat. This somewhat molli
fied him.
3. I thought the moment opportune to put in a useful
word regarding ('atar, which has been a running sore for a
long time, 1 said that if he would let me, I wished to
discuss Qatar with him without, however, raising any question
of Bahrain's rights in Zubara, regarding which 1 believe he
felt strongly and of which 1 understooo his his uncle
Shaikh Mohammed could talk for three hours without stopping.
What I wished to gay was both in his interest ana in ours.
I pointed out that it was correct that the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates.
had taken a great deal of trade irom Bahrain in recent
years but that it was not entirely cue to the war, and was
partly due to the eiobargo on trade and travel to and from
^atar. I alluded to certain recent big pearl deals which
Major Hickinbothaii. had mentioned to me, which formerly
would certainly have taken place in Bahrain but had now
gone to oatar and Dubai, and said that these tendencies
were difficult to check, but that if he raised the embargo
on atar there would be an immediate return ol ticiGe to
Bahrain,and promised that their quota would ^immediately be
reduced from that of 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 added to Bahrain.
This would also help us as then we could control it much
more successfully than we were now able to oo.
4, His highness then replied that the ! ;atar trade was
only worth ten or twenty thousand rupees in customs dues --
and he flicked them away with his fingers as though they
were crumbs —— and saic. that his lather hac. i requently j-iven
away /-

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This file contains correspondence regarding the situation after hostilities that occurred between the Al Naim tribe (supported by Bahrain) and Qatar in Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. in June and July 1937.

The correspondence covers the period immediately following the events and continues for several years until 1946. It contains details of British mediation efforts between the two sides and also includes the text (in English and Arabic) of a reconciliation agreement between the two sides from 1944.

The file also contains a translation of an Arabic-language letter published in the Cairo publication 'Rabitat Al Arabieh' (f. 25). The letter is from a Bahraini and argues that the British had sided with Qatar in the conflict regarding Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. as they were afraid that if under Bahraini control, the concession for oil deposits near the town would be given to an American (as opposed to British) oil company as had been done in Bahrain.

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1 volume (231 folios)

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

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A bound correspondence volume. There are two 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 title page, on number 1, and runs through to 224, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume. Anomalies: f.1A; f.126A; f.126B; f.141A; f.141B.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎92r] (194/462), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/371, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2019]

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