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'File 38/3 I, P. C. L. Qatar Concession' [‎43r] (90/484)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 2 May 1940-15 Mar 1947. 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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DO/CAL.3/2279 (contd.)
^receives” at Hiyan, 3 or 4 miles west of Dohaii,
and practically on tlie Zekrit-Bohah track. It is
quite easy to return to Dukhan Camp from Bohah
after dark.
(d) The journey Bahrain-Zekrit-Dohah-Dukhan is a very
tiring and full day, and it is inadvisable to try
to add the sea trip back to Bahrain by night. The
route includes shoal waters, and Company navigation
marks are not visible by night. Even in daylight
the marks are not very much good unless their
significance is known and which side of the mark
lies the channel.
Getting in to Sitrah is exceptionally difficult in
the dark as there are awkward shoals, and even our
pilots go wrong at night.
(e) The Shaikh likes to know the time of arrival of his
guests, particularly if they arrive direct at Riyan
without touching Dohah, as it now takes him time to
get down his stairs and outside the gate to "receive"
people.
Qatar Personalities - Company y s Contacts
The following are usually present when the Shaikh
receives :-
Shaikh Ali - the eldest son (a nonentity)
Shaikh Hamed - the heir-apparent
Saleh el Mana - Secretary and Adviser (particularly
on Foreign Affairs).
The youngest son, Hassan rarely appears. Abdullah
Darwish, foster brother to Shaikh Hamed and his confidant
and evil genius, is usually hovering about in the back
ground.
One of the few respectable persons of good status
and repute is the leading pearl merchant, Moh*d Abdul
Latif el Mana, our agent, when the interference of Shaikh
Hamed, Abdullah Darwish and Saleh el Mana allow him to
function as such.
The Shaikh keeps his numerous brothers and cousins
very much in the background and their shares in the oil

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The volume contains correspondence relating to the work of Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited, a subsidiary of Petroleum Concessions Limited, in Qatar. The correspondence is principally between 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. in 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. in Bushire [ 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. ], representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited (at their offices in Bahrain and the United Kingdom) and Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited (in the field in Qatar), the Foreign Office, 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 Government of India, the ruler of Qatar, Abdulla bin Qasim al Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Qāsim Āl Thānī], and the ruler of Bahrain, Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah.

The papers contained in the volume cover the following matters:

  • the employment of foreign workers within the oil industry in Qatar, particularly that of Americans, Portuguese Goans, and Bahrainis;
  • the expansion of drilling operations during the early stages of the Second World War;
  • plans for a sea terminal on the Qatari coast, and a pipeline to any such port;
  • the striking of oil at a new second well in March 1941;
  • the form and method of payment of the concession royalties to the Shaikh of Qatar by the oil company;
  • measures taken by the Oil Control Board to ensure continuing supplies of oil during the Second World War;
  • the reopening of the Qatar oil fields following a short closure due to war;
  • rates of pay and provision of meals for oil workers.

Also within the volume is a report by the Acting Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , William Rupert Hay, on his visit to Qatar on 13 November 1941 (folios 64-66) and a petition to the ruler of Bahrain (folios 148-52) signed by thirty-six Bahraini pearl merchants and boat captains; it complains that higher wages in the Qatar oil industry are attracting essential divers away from the pearling boats (folios 148-52).

At the back of the file (folios 224-37) are internal office notes.

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1 volume (238 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 5-223; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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