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'File 38/11 P. C. L. Planes' [‎79r] (157/338)

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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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PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD
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BAHRAIN
PERSIAN GULP.
19th January, 1946.
My dear colonel,
Many thanks for all your letters regarding the use
of the Company aircraft 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 for all the
trouble you have taken.
2. Am I correct now^in assuming that Company aircraft can
land at Kuwait, Bahrain, Sharjah, Dubai, Muscat, without
prior application to the Political for permission; also
with the exception of Bahrain it is not necessary for the
Company to obtain the printed form of authorisation which
would include the registered numbers of all the aircraft
which might make landings.
o, 1 note that the Ruler of Qatar has no objection but
wants some more information from the Company. As regards
la tar, the matter is not urgent in that the Company has not
yet constructed its landing ground and it needs to be con
firmed that Doha landing ground is suitable for the types
of aircraft to be used by the Company.
4.^ On receipt of your reply we propose to notify our Haifa
principals that Company aircraft can be used with immediate
effect as regards permission to land at 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. landing
grounds with, of course, compliance with current regulation
on procedure, fees, etc.
b. enclosed is a draft telegram which we propose to send
to our General Manager in the Near East, Haifa, and acting
on which he might send Company aircraft to Bahrain, etc.
Mill you please confirm that this telegram is in order.
DO/PCQ.4/4114
Yours
sincerely,
Enel.
Lt.-Col. A.C.Galloway, O.B.B.,
H.B.M f s 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.
Confidential.
Bahrain receipt.
*°. 1 °<.

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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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