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'File 38/11 P. C. L. Planes' [‎38r] (75/338)

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The record is made up of 1 file (167 folios). It was created in 30 May 1938-22 Apr 1950. It was written in English and Arabic. 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.

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Confidential.
bahrain^receipt.
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PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD.
DO/C^.4/4051
Dated 1st September, 1945.
BAHRAIN
PERSIAN GULF Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
My dear Bird,
P.C.L. COUP AIT AIRCRAFT
In 1938/1939 Company aircraft were permitted t
operate in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and necessary landings were mad^ at
Kuwait, Bahrain and Sharjah. The planes were employed ojflrspecial
jobs to transport senior Company staff to Bahrain and for geological
exploration over the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. and Muscat territora^^
that there was no objection to Company planes landing at Qatar and
the Company could make the necessary approach to the Ruler as laid
down in the Qatar Oil Concession. 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. also agreed
to the Company constructing its own landing ground adjacent to the
field. Up to that time 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. had not arranged for
the issue of general regulations for civil aircraft in Qatar.
3. The matter has now been re-opened by Haifa consequent
upon a London query, asking if our machines can be permitted to land
at Kuwait (for refuelling), Bahrain and Qatar.
4. We should be very grateful for information on the
following points:-
(a) Can it be assumed that there is no objection from
and in Muscat, i.e. in territories over which the
Company holds oil agreements (excluding, of course,
areas which may be specified by His Majesty’s
Government from time to time where ownership is
controversial).
2 .
As regards Qatar 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. in 1939 intimated
His Majesty’s Government or any other official
source to our planes landing at Kuwait, Bahrain
and Qatar.
Can similar landings be made on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates.
Contd

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The file contains correspondence relating to the movement of company (Petroleum Concessions Limited) planes in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The main correspondents are: representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited and its subsidiary companies (Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited and Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Limited); the 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. at Bahrain; the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire (later Bahrain) [ Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ]; Sir Charles Belgrave, Advisor to the Shaikh of Bahrain; 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. ; the Air Vice-Marshal, Commanding British Forces in Iraq; the Government of India, External Affairs Department; Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Qāsim Āl Thānī], ruler of Qatar; Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr [Sulṭān bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī], ruler of Sharjah; Shaikh Said bin Maktum [Sa‘īd bin Maktūm Āl Maktūm], ruler of Dubai; and the 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. at Muscat.

The papers within the file are mostly concerned with permission for landings and flyovers by company planes in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Sharjah, Dubai, and Oman. These permissions are sought by the company from the appropriate ruler (as sovereign) and the RAF (for use of the airfields), via the appropriate British Government officer (in this case, the 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. at Bahrain). The permissions sometimes include details of the planes, such as name, registration, passengers, pilot, engineers, and wireless operators.

Other matters covered by the file include:

  • the distribution by the company of their own aviation fuel to aerodromes across the region;
  • the planning and permission of an aerial photographic survey of Qatar and its territorial waters carried out by the company in early 1947.

There is a gap in the correspondence between 1939 and 1945, due to the Second World War.

Folio 123 is a sketch map of southern Qatar, showing the limits of the proposed aerial survey.

Folios 159-68 are internal office notes.

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1 file (167 folios)
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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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