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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎14r] (27/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (50 folios). It was created in 23 Dec 1947-17 Dec 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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1 . on 17th May, 1935, B.K. Shaikh Abdullah bin Qaain al
rhAni » ^uler of Qatar, entered into a written ai^eement irith
the Anglo-z ersian Oil Conpany, Limited, whereby he panted to
that Company certain rif^hte in the terms set out in the
various Articles of that agreement. The First Article of
the Agreement expressed that the Shaikh granted to the
Company, in virtue of the agreement and under conditions
that were specified later, # the sole right throwzftout the
Principality of Qatar to explore, to prospect, to drl)l for
and to extract and to ship and to export, and the right to
refine and sell petroleum and natural gases, osokerlte,
asrhalt and everything which ie extracted therefrom." The
Second Article bf the agreement provided that, subject to the
eondltlons of Article 7 of the agreement, the Company could
"operate in any part of the State of Qatar as is defined
below, but it will not operate on places such as religious
lands, cemsterles, lands occupied by religious buildings,
or by essential enterprise by their owners as may exist on
the date of the signature of this agreement or any customary
extensions of such religious lands or cemeteries or buildings
as may be pointed out by the Shaikh. The State of oatar
means the whole area over which the shaikh rules and which is
marked on the north of the line drawn on the map attached to
this agreement." It was further specified that the period
of the agreement should be 75 years from the date of its
signature. The agreement contained in all twenty-two Articles.
2 . By Article 16 of the agreement it was provided that if
any dispute should occur between the Shaikh and the Company
in regard to the interpretation of the agreement or any matter
arising therefrom or in regard to the engagements ebli^&tory
on either of the parties in accordance therewith, the dispute

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The file contains correspondence, mostly in English and Arabic, between the Ruler of Qatar, Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī (from August 1949 Shaikh ‘Alī bin ‘Abdullāh Āl Thānī); the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah; the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain 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 Bahrain; regarding the jurisdiction over the seabed adjacent to the coastline, for the purpose of oil drilling offshore. The papers include a dispute between the Ruler of Qatar and Petroleum Development Qatar Ltd on the interpretation of the oil concession with regard to the Qatar coastal waters and Decision of Arbitrators (folios 13-19).

The file also contains correspondence with the Ruler of Qatar and Superior Oil Company, concerning the Company’s request for permission to drill in the shoals represented on folio 41, and considering claims of the Ruler of Bahrain over the same shoals.

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1 file (50 folios)

The papers in the file are arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 52; 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 incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-51; these numbers are written in a combination of pencil and ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎14r] (27/104), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/891, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 April 2020]

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