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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎46r] (91/206)

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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 Kalba and Khor Fakkan had written to the Political
Of! icer ? Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , and declared that they v/ished
Shaikh Hurnaid to become their Regent.
142. HAS AL KHAIMAK.
(i) Reference paragraph 50 of Intelligence
Summary No.4.
There has also been an exchange of letters
between Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed bin Salim and the Po
litical Agent 5 Bahrain, by which the former has agreed
to recognise all existing treaties and the terms of the
Oil Company Agreement in return for his recognition'as
the new Ruler of Ras al Khaimah.
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(ii) Shaikh Mohammed bin Salim, brother of the ex-
Ruler of Hrs al Khaimah, and his son Shaikh Humaid, now
Regent of Kalba, are negotiating with Shaikh Sultan bin
Salim in order to fix an allowance for him.
^S. DUBAI.
(i) On the 3rd June Shaikh Sai’d bin Maktum, O.B.E.,
Rulor of Dubai, accompanied by his son Shaikh Khelifah,
his brother Shaikh Juma’h bin Maktum, and his nephews
Maktum and Hamad, left for Muscat by launch from Ras al
Anpimah and anived there on the 6th. On his return from'
Muscat the Ruler of Dubai has arranged to marry the daughter
of the Shaikh of Bakha.
(ii) The Dubai Air Agreement which was due to expire
in July of this year has been renewed for another 3 years,
144 0 AJMAN .
Reference paragraph 114 of Intelligence
Summary No 0 8,
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Shaikh Rashid bin Humaid, Ruler of Ajman, has
recently been paying frequent visits to the interior.
His object is probably to try to acquire more territory,
in view of future oil development. It is reported that
he had designs on Bizaili which is situated west of Dhank
and claims Falaj Maziad in Hafit. These activities are
causing considerable anxiety to Shaikh Saqr l?in Sultan of the
Na'im who has already complained to His Highness the Sultan
of Muscat about Shaikh Rashid’s seizure of Masfut. In
reply to Saiyid Ahmad bin Ibrahim’s letter, the Shaikh of
Ajman has written giving a brief history of Masfut and
asserting his claim to it. He promised to visit the
Sultan of Muscat and explain matters to him personally.
145..AI D FOR P ALESTINE,
Reference paragraph 72 (i) of Intelligence
Summary No.5.
The President of the Syrian Republic has written
to His Highness the Shaikh of Bahrain thanking him for
Bahrain’s..,..

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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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