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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎24r] (47/206)

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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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of the Palestine Arab High Committee, arrived in Bahrain
by air from Basrah and stayed with Abdul Aziz bin All A1
Bassam, a leading Saudi Merchant. He carried letters
from the Palestine Arab High Committee to His Highness and
Shaikh Abdullah bin Isa thanking His Highness and the people
of Bahrain for their generous contributions a-nd appealing for
further aid. On the 24th he left by air for Cairo with
the replies from His Highness and Shaikh Abdullah.
(iii) On the 27th Shaikh Abdullah bin Isa presided
over a meeting of leading merchants in the Manamah Municipality
building. It was determined to start another Palestine Fund
and subscriptions were invited from the public on that day
and the two days following. The amount subscribed on these
three days is reported to be about Rs.77,000/.. Invitations
to attend the meeting were issued to a number of Jews and
some have willy-nilly contributed to the Fund.
73. FUJAIRAH .
Reference paragraph 51 of Intelligence Summary No.4.
The sum of Rs.517/- has been recovered from the
Regent of Kalba and paid to the Shaikh of Fujairah.
74. ABU DHaBI .
(i) On the 16th Mr. Wilfred Thesiger arrived at Abu
Dhabi by camel from the Hadhramaut. He plans to proceed to
Muscat via Buraimi. It is reported that he had with him
a guard of 4 i.l Ruwashid tribesmen.
(ii) During the period under report, one Abdullah as-Sani,
a Kuwaiti, visited Shaikh Shakhbut of Abu Dhabi and tried
to get a concession for the exploitation of red oxide on his
islands. Shaikh Shakhbut replied that he could not give
him one because the Political Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , and
Mr. Pocock had already approached him on the subject.
It is reported that Shaikh Shakhbut has sold for
Rs.2,500/- to a Persian of Abu Dhabi the right to remove the
accumulations of birds’ droppings from his islands. The
buyer is negotiating with a Persian merchant of Lingah to sell
the dung to him. It is in demand as manure for tobacco cul
tivation.
75. MUSCAT .
Saiyid Ahmad bin Ibrahim, Minister for Internal Affairs,
Muscat, has written letters to the Trucial Shaikhs informing
them of the Sultan’s arrival in Muscat. The Political Officer,
Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , is told that this is the first time that the
Trucial Shaikhs have received letters from a Muscat Government
official on this subject.
76. LOCAL iJFAIRS .
Around midnight of the 16th a fire broke out
in a hut in Manamah. A strong ’’shamal” (north wind) had
sprung

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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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