‘File 13/2 VIII Air facilities in Arab shaikhdoms’ [190r] (378/567)
The record is made up of 1 file (284 folios). It was created in 9 Aug 1946-23 Dec 1950. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .
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Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ,
29th October 1949.
Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. letter C/H 454 of 5th October to th
of tfie ssme date.
ency, forwarded to me for a report under cover of P. 1». C/Q 75
2. Qatar's civil air traffic is not likely to be heavy
for some time to come, and is unlikely, as far as can be fore
seen, ever to amount io more than a feeder service to Bahrain,
with occasional charter flights to other places^ so thpt ncD-
thing very elaborate in the way of an airport will be reauired.
It is not clear what sort of sn installation the proposed scheme
aims at providing, but Qatar would need only the crrest essen
3. The natural runways here are capable at present of
taking a ^akota, and with very little improvement could take
any aircraft liKely to want to lend in Qatar, so that there
is no need for elaborate run-way construction. Similarly,
the necessary buildings could undoubtedly be built more cheaply
from local resources than the cost of importing a pre-fabric-
ated affair. In fact, apart from the rrdio and other special
ised equipment, Qatar is able to provide for its simple needs
in this field cheaply and without difficulty.
4. I envisage development in Qatar consisting of the
gradual improvement of existing facilities es circumstances
demand and permit, and as the Sheikh can be ; ersuaded to sk
shoulder responsibility for civil pviftion^ which at present
he declines to do. I do not think there will everr be a dem
and in Qatar for a complete "pre-packed airport" installation.
J.A.F. Gethin Esq.,
H. wl. 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. ,
bahra] t juiceipt.
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The file’s contents concern the implementation of civil air agreements, and the use of air facilities, at Britain’s aerodromes along the Arab coast (chiefly Bahrain (Muharraq), but also at Sharjah, Kuwait, and Qatar) in the period directly following the Second World War. The principal correspondents in the file are 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel William Rupert Hay), and incumbents of the post of 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 (Lieutenant-Colonel Arnold Crawshaw Galloway, Captain Hugh Dunstan Rance, and Cornelius James Pelly).
Subjects in the file include:
- Renegotiations between British Government officials ( Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , Foreign Office, Air Ministry) over the terms of the various air navigation regulations held with the various rulers of the Arab coast of the Gulf;
- Questions of the continued use of the aerodrome at Sharjah by the Royal Air Force [RAF], and the maintenance of British Overseas Airways Corporation [BOAC] staff and radio facilities at Sharjah;
- Renewal of the agreement between the British Government and Sheikh of Dubai over air facilities at Dubai;
- Requests from foreign airlines (France Air, Quantas, Czecho-Slovak Air) to fly over or land at aerodromes administered by the British in the Gulf;
- Hay’s concern of the lack of regulation of civil aviation in the Gulf, in light of the increasing number of flights and operators (both national and local) operating in the region, and in increasing tendency for foreign aircraft to not seek prior permission to land at Bahrain;
- Discussion in 1949 of the concept of ‘pre-packed airports’ being marketed by the likes of Westinghouse Corporation in the United States, with enquiries into their viability for the Gulf, and a lack of interest on the part of British officials at Bahrain (f 193) and Qatar (f 190);
- The installation of new light and radio facilities at Muharraq aerodrome in late 1950, in response to two fatal crashes by Air France aeroplanes that occurred in June 1950.
Items of particular note in the file include:
- A letter from the Secretary of State for India, dated 26 June 1947, detailing the RAF’s long-term commitment at Sharjah, with a list of permanent buildings required at the Sharjah aerodrome (ff 69-71);
- A schedule of fees payable to the Sheikh of Bahrain for 1947, showing flights made into and out of Bahrain (f 63);
- A list of foreign aircraft landing at Bahrain during January to March 1949 (f 150);
- Notes of a meeting held at the Foreign Office on 25 September 1950, intended to address concerns over increasing local competition on air routes in the Gulf (ff 234-244).
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- 1 file (284 folios)
The contents of the file are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the file, to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 260-284) mirror the chronological arrangement.
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Foliation: The main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the cover and terminates at the last folio; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present between ff 2-259; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.
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