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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎15r] (29/104)

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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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should be referred to two Arbitrators, If no agreement could
be arrived at for settling It by any other aethod, and that
one of such Arbitrators should be appointed by the 3halfch
and the other by the Comr&ny* It was further provided that
those two Arbitrators should thereupon appoint a third
Arbitrator, but that If they were unable to agree upon the
third Arbitrator within sixty days fro® the demand for
arbitration, the third Arbitrator should be appoint* by H|S
Majesty 1 s irolltical Heal dent, subject to the Shaikh approving
of such third Arbitrator. finally it wae provided that the
Award of Arbitration should be eonsietent with the legal
principles familiar to civilised national that the decision
of ths majority of Arbitrators should bs finals and that tha
place of arbitration should bs Q^tar.
3 . In ths year 1946 ths Anglo-Perslaa Oil Company, Limited
(which had, by then, changed Ifsnaae to that of the Anglo-
Iranian Oil Company# Limited) assigned Its rights and
obligations under the agreement to Petroleum Development (Qatar)
Limited, and Petroleum levelopment (Qatar) Limited (hereinafter
referred to as "th* Company") is entitled and bound to stand
in the place of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Limited for all
the purposes of the agreement.
4. In the month of June, 19*9, * dispute occurred between
H.I* Shaikh Abdullah bln Qasim al Than! and the Com^syay
concerning the extent of the area that was subject to the
rights granted by the agreement set out In Paragraph 1 f'bove
(hereinafter referred to ae "the Concession’)• pr®®***
questions that ars Involved in the dispute are set out below.
Ko agreement was arrived at for settling the dispute by any
other method, and It was accordingly referred to arbitration in
accor ance with the provisions of Article 16 of the Cones ^ion.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎15r] (29/104), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/891, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 October 2019]

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