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'File 38/11 P. C. L. Planes' [‎101r] (201/338)

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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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From: ABDULLA BIN QASIM AL THANI,
THE RULER OF QATAR.
To: The Manager,
Petroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd.
After compliments -
I am in receipt of your kind letter No.QCT.5/4264 dated the
5th of lime 1946, and have followed all your points. To me the letter
contained nothing new to the views you had already expressed during
our (last) discussion with you, and to some of which I had raised
objections (at the time).
1. I should like to make it clear, in this note, that it was not
my opinion that any port other than Dohah itself should be used for
importing your material, as is (clearly) laid down in the Concession.
I had further explained that during the interim period your use of
another port had given rise to financial losses; and to make good any
(further) derangement that may arise, should this state of affairs
continue, (I had proposed that) Dohah should be the sole port for the
import of goods.
This is what I had expressly pointed out, and I am surprised to
find that you (now) mention having written to the General Manager,
London, (telling him) that I hold a different view, and that you are
leaving the matter undecided until you receive their reply.
This is not a satisfactory solution to the problem, and I cannot
take up any other matter for discussion until I find a satisfactory
solution to the point in question, as it is the most important point in
the whole matter.
2. It is not fair at all that you should allow only 20% as increment
on the two Representatives’ pay and we (take this opportunity to) remind
you that you had offered this (figure) to us during our discussion, but
that we did not endorse it.
We hope you will reconsider the point, and (please note that) we
shall not, as a final solution, agree to anything less than what we
already pay or decide to pay, to our employees, in general matters
necessitated by the Company’s requirements.
Usual ending -
(Seal) ABDULLA QASIM
AL THANI
Dated, the 12th Rajab 1365
(C/t. the 12th June 1946).
cpd/ACM

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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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The file is arranged chronologically.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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