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'File 38/11 P. C. L. Planes' [‎95r] (189/338)

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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
PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD.
BAH RA IN
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 Colonel,
DO/PCQ,. 4/4254
2nd June 1946
Will you please refer to your jmo. C/560 dated the 30th of
May 1946.
It is very probable that our Company planes will wish to land
in Qatar during the next month or so and possibly before the formali
ties and final approval by H.M.O. are completed in respect of general
permission. In view of the fact that the Ruler has already agreed
to general landings, I am wondering if you would agree to an interim
procedure by which we give you prior notice of each proposed landing,
but dispense with notifications to the Ruler.
As far as we can see, no useful purpose could be served by the
Company sending motor transport from Dukhan camp to Doha and back, a
journey of 130 miles, to ask for a permission which the Shaikh from
his side has already granted.
Our proposal would leave control of each landing in your hands
until h.M.Gt. is ready to regularise general permission.
lours sincerely
Lt.-Col. A.C.Calloway, O.B.E.,
■ti.b.^'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.

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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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