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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎10r] (19/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Officer, Crucial Coast, recaivad complaints from the Hindu
community at Duhai that certain Persians were threatening
them with violence. H3 summoned' the parties before him on
the 19th but on learning from the leaders of the two commun
ities that they had settled their differences and that there
was no likelihood of a breach of the peace he dropped further
proceedings*
(ii) Che Bhaikh of Ajman has ordered Shaikh SAID BIN
BUPI, the son of a former Ruler of Dubai, who is now in exile
in Ajman, to leave Ajman as he had attempted to create trouble
between him and the Shaikh of Dubai* At the request of the
Shaikh of Dubai the Shaikh of Sharjah has agreed to allow
SAID BIN BUTI to live in Sharjah.
24. SHARJAH .
(i) On the 23th ADHIRAL SIR ARTHUR PALLI33R, X.C.3.,
D.3.C.* Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station, accompanied
by Mr. C.J. PELLY* O.B.E*> political A^ent, Bahrain, arrived
at Sharjah in H.M*S. M NORFOLK" on an official visit. The
Shaikh of Sharjah called on the Commander-in-Chief on board
the siiip and on his departure a salute of five guns was fired
for him. immediately afterwards the Shaikh of Dubai called
on the Commander-in-Chief on board the cruiser and on his
departure a salute of five guns was fired for him. The Shaikh
of Dubai presented three slaughtered bullocks and six tins of
sweets to the men of the cruiser. Later the Commander-in-
Chief disembarked and met the British community of Sharjah and
Dubai at the British Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , Sharjah. He also' met the Shaikhs
of Dubai and Sharjah and had lunch with them at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. in
Arab style. After visiting B.O.A.C. fort and Dubai bazaar,
the Commander-in-Chier sailed for Colombo.
(ii) On the 27th His Excellency BAUD BIN ABDULLAH BIN
JILtfVI, Amir of Hasa, arrived at Sharjah by a Saudi aircraft
on his way to India for medical treatment. He was met at the
aerodrome by the Shaikh of Sharjah who fired a salute of four
guns for him. The Shaikh of Dubai’s son and notables of Dubai
and Sharjah also called on him at the B.O.A.C. Rest House. He
left Sharjah on the 28th. During his short stay he and his
/of swarm/followers appropriated the B.O.A.C. fort to themselves.
He inquired as to the ownership of the fort from the Shaikh
of Sharjah and expressed contemptuous astonishment that he
accepted only Rs. 10/- as a landing fee for each aeroplane using
the Sharjah aerodrome.
(iii) The Shaikh of Sharjah recently nearly asphyxiated
himself with carbon monoxide gas by burning charcoal* in a
water heater in an unventilated bath room. He fall down three
times before he was able to get out of the room.
\ • *
(iv) On the 23rd Shaikh SAQR BIN SULTAN, eldest son of
the Shaikh of Sharjah, read a speech to the congregation at
the Juma’h mosque in Sharjah in which he touched on the sub
ject of the Arabs of Palestine.
25. BENI QITAB .
(i) On the 20th a Dubai pas's eng er truck going to
Muscat had a breakdown in the vicinity of Murra water well
in Dubai territory. The driver and his assistant went to
/fetch

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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