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'File 82/27 III (F 84) APOC: Qatar Oil' [‎75v] (148/638)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (319 folios). It was created in 22 Feb 1934-30 Apr 1934. 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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(ii) Khor-al-Odaid.
In Vol. 11, on page 1367, Mr. Lorimer describes KJior -al -'OJald as "an inlet
creek on the coast of the Abu Dhabi principality as its extreme western end: it!
about ISO miles almost due west from the town of Abu Dhabi. The boundary'
Qatar is either at, or a short distance to the north of, the inlet."
(iii) 'Aqal.
In Vol. II, pages 88-89, Mr. Lorimer describes 'Aqal as "a small littoral distrii
at the base of the Qatar peninsula upon the east side ; it is bounded by Khor-al-Odai
on the north-west and by Dohat-an-Nakharlah on the south-east, the distance betwea
which in a direct line is nearly 35 miles. Inland the depth of the district is on 1
average about 20 miles." [N.B.—Nathil (Saudah) in 'Aqal is 20 to 25 miles inlani
li, 89. westward, from the foot of Khor-al-'Odaid.J " On the landward side 'Aqal is e"
by Mijan on the east, the Jafurah desert on the south and south-west, and b
on the north-west. . . . The Bedouins do not regard 'Aqal as geographically incS
in Oman, which in their view is terminated on the west by the Sabakhat Matti-
the district has been recognised by the British Government as forming part of
territories of the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi, and must therefore be considered to beloiil
in the political sense, to Trucial Oman." ^
(iv) Aim Dhabi.
In Vol. II, page 405, under ''Aha Dhabi;' Mr. Lorimer remarks: "Upon
coast Abu Dhabi reaches from ... to Khor-al-'Odaid on the west—a distance of ovd
200 miles. r i he Sheikh of Abu Dhabi in 1895 claimed that his frontier extended
n <l ^ r Dmm-al-Hul, neai Wakrah m Qatar, but his claim was not approved!)
the Government of India ; Bishairiyah has also been named as the limit of his Stet
in this direction, but no good reason has been adduced for supposing that hia
jurisdiction ever extended beyond Khor-al-'Odaid, though the northern shore of tkl
in ft s ion Id perhaps be reckoned as included with the inlet itself in his territories
Inland the frontiers of Abu Dhabi are not defined. It is asserted that on the easl
they reach to the Baraimi oasis, but without taking it in, and on the south they n3
presumably be placed at the margin of the Ruba'-al-Khali."
(v) Barr-al-Qavail.
Lorimer, J/,1482 " A coastal tract in Eastern Arabia which may perhapsW
Conv^ •'I San r? ? f IJ r [ltsdf ' for P-I'oses o y f L S.
from PasS m L vj V, 0 I n'clnd 6 !:! m the Uttoman Saudjak of Kejd], It rpacb
di Loo o^ north to the bottom of J)ohat-a S -SaKva in the soul^.
Upon the const !t 35 mil ; es ^ and inland it extends to a depth of about 12 mile
inknd in all d?re^t?n^ r 0qa ^ to 1 the T n ? rth and Q^ar to the south of it; aoi
even make Ban-al-'Qarah a part'of Jafurak . ln ™ h deSert Soule authori,ie8
j jo loud
(vi) Jafurali.
the TnioidOiu ?*** ** f Ul f jn 8. ".the whole wayfro i
Jabnn and the southern extremitv^of Saba)'} 'f't, S0 ' i, h- east ) adjoining the Oasis
it is separated from th " ° abakhat Matti respectively. . . . On thee
Mijan ; on the sooth it?s boinXd ivl Qatar, 'AqalJ
Jafurah encloses Jabrin upon the north ami"f i •' Ilay be a< ? ded ^
Barr-al-'Qarah is a portion of I f i i c ? an ^at, m the opinion of some,
" Jafurah differsfrom the wateri^ S ^ , li I
Tery bitter water and n little + • al-Khah only in possessing a few wellsof
sand. ' n J 7 grazing; its surface consists of red and burflin?
frequent it to any corisider-ible'extcnf'^" of J^nrah, but the only tribe*
entering it nnl/ss in wSter or fn are ,1 1 le h f A1 Momh and even theyavoil
... ■ w hile sojourning irjateah the Mr f a ^ powerfal ****
of their camels and even cook their rice In 'i'i ' aS a r ' < ' nnli notiimg hut thew'li
took tneii lice in the same ; if compelled to swallow
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The volume contains correspondence and notes of meetings 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, the 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. in London and ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Shaikh of Qatar, the Foreign Office, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) and H.M.'s Ministry at Jedda in regard to the southern borders of Qatar, the Qatar oil concession and the relations of the Shaikhdom with the King of Saudi Arabia, ‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Sa‘ūd). There are documents in Arabic, mainly letters to and from the Sheikh of Qatar. Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential.

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1 volume (319 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 305-311). The notes refer to documents within the volume; they give a brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in blue or red crayon or ink, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation is in pencil in circled numbers, in the top right of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering starts starts on the first folio of writing with 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D; and runs through to 312, which is the last number given on the last folio of the volume. There is a blank page at the beginning and three at the end of the volume.There is also another sequence, which is incomplete, written in pencil, in the top right corner, starting with 39 on folio 37 and ending with 299 on folio 312.

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