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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎16r] (31/104)

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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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5* In th« month of July, 1949, the Company appointed as
its Arbitrates Sis Waites Turner Honefcton, K.C.M.O.,1•C.Y.o.,
J •C.,ii.C., (herein fter referred to as “the Comrany^
Arbitrator*) and IUK* the shaikh thereupon appointed as his
Arbitrator Norman Roy ftox~Andrews, Esquire, K*C., (hereinafter
referred to as *the Shaikh’s Arbitrator*).
6 * In the month of August, 1949# -haikh Abdullah bin
Qaslm al Than! abdicated from the Rulerehip of Q^tar, and he
was duly sucoeeded in the nulership by luiikh ^li bin
Abdullah al Than!. Under the terms of the Concession, SUE.
Shaikh All bln Abdullah al Than! (hereinafter referred to
a g *H«E# the Shaikh*), as eucosaaor of H.E. Shaikh Abdullah bin
Qaslm al Thanl, has succeeded to all the rights and is bound
by all the obligations which were respectively secured to or
Imposed upon R*K* Shaikh Abdullah by the terms of the Concession.
7 . In the month of December, 1949» ***• %w0 Arbitrators
appointed as Third Arbitrator Ths Right Honourabls The l.ord
Radollffe, u.B.S., » Uenbex of His Majesty's JTlry Oounoll.
The appointment, thowjh not mads within ths period of sixty
daye specified by Article l6 of the Concession, was made
with ths approval of K»E» ths Shalhh and ths Company, the
period of time being extended by their agreement for the
PART 11 - THE ARBl'i i aTIQMa
8. The hearing of the Arbitration took place at obah in the
state of Qatar In the presence of the three Arbitrators »
appointed. The sittings took place on the 9th, loth and Uth,
and the 13th, Uth and 15* h daye of February, 1950.

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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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