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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎84r] (167/206)

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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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Reference paragraph 197 of Intelligence
Summary No e 14 0
The Shaikh of nbu Dhabi has divorced his
bedouin bride and married another young girl from the town
ship of ^bu Dhabi.
(viii) MUSCAT.
(i) ^ is reported that Shaikh Saqr bin Sultan,
Chiel of the Nai'm, has refused to come and meet His Highness
the Sultan of Muscat at Sohar after the Id as previously
arranged with Sayid Ahmad bin Ibrahim, Minister of Interior
to Muscat Government during his last tour of Buraimi.
(ii) Gn the 14th Shaikh Muhammad bin Rahmah bin
Salmin, visited the Shaikh of Sharjah and on the 16th proceeded
to Ras al Khaimah by car supplied by the Shaikh of Sharjah.
He returned to Sharjah from Ras al Khaimah on the 18th
passing through Umm al Qaiwain, and left for Dubai on the 19th.
He called on the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. i.gont on the 20th. On the 23M
he left for Muscat by car.
Shaikh Muhammad bin Rahmah bin Salmin
brou ht letters from His Highness th Sultan of Muscat and
from Saiyid Ahmad bin Ibrahim, Minister for Internal Affairs,
Muscat, to the Shaikh of Dubai stating that his attitude is
now friendly towards him and asked him to forget the past.
There was a heavy fall of rain at Sharjah and
Dubai on Sunday the 24th October. If lasted siy hours,
at the end of which period a reading of 0.06 inches wa G
65 ships (22 British, 21 Panamanian, 10 American,
7 Norwegian, 1 Danish, 1 Dutch, '1 Spanish, and 2 Swedish)
called at the port of Bahrain during the p.iLod under review.
Imports were 4,588 tons of general cargo for Bahrain and 1997
tors for transhipment to the mainland. Exports were
533,459 tons of petroleum products.
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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