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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎62r] (123/206)

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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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Local feeling seems to have, got rather lukewarm
on the Palestine issue. Recognition of the poor showing
of the Arab armies, their disunity, and of the results of
the early failure to reap the benefits of a compromise
have contributed to this. The callous, Arab individualism
has thus emerged undisguised*.;, in an attitude of indifference's
towards the fate of the refugees of their own race.
182. QATAR .
The Bahrain Government has long had an under
standing with local merchants that they must sell in Bahrain
half of any consignment of cereals they import for retranship
ment to another port. In order to avoid this levy, Abdullah
Darwish, a Qatar merchant, recently had a shipment of 400
tons of rice consigned to Dubai instead of to Bahrain.
The Shaikh of Dubai, however, adopted the Bahrain practice and
forced Abdullah Darwish to sell half his consignment in Dubai.
The remainder, further reduced by the theft of 400 bags at
Dubai, was eventually sent to Qatar, its price having greatly
(i) Reference paragraph 167 (v) of Intelligence
Summary No.12.
It is reported that work on the Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. al Jizzi
road was started and recently completed and that motor cars
can now use it with great ease.
(ii) Kalba . Reference paragraph 167 (vii) of In
telligence Summary No.12.
Shaikh Khalid has now established himself at
Kalba leaving his nephew, Shaikh Humaid, at Khor Fakkan.
(from 16th to 31st July):-
33 ships (9 British, 9 American, 2 Dutch, 7
Panamanian, 3 Norwegian, 2 Spanish, 1 Swedish) calld at the
port of Bahrain during the period 16th to 31st July. .Imports
were 2511 tons of general cargo for Bahrain and 1351 tons for
transhipment to the mainland. Exports were 36 tons of general
cargo and 265,775 tons of petroleum products.
(from 1st to 15th August)
34 ships (12 Panamanian, 10 British, 3 Spanish,
2 American, 2 Italian, 1 Canadian, 1 Dutch, 1 French, 1 Nor
wegian, and 1 Spanish) called at the port of Bahrain during
the period under review. Imports were 3694 tons of general
cargo for Bahrain and 876 tons for transhipment to the main
land. Exports were 28 tons of general cargo and 299,125 tons
and 26,000 drums of petroleum products.
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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. , Bahrain.

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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)

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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