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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎17r] (33/104)

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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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9» Junior the course of the hearing It was agreed that
the precise questions In dispute as to the extent of the
area that Is subject to the rights granted to the Company
by the Concession should be stated as follows 9 subject to
two points which were conceded by the Shaikh's Arbitrator and
which are mentioned below s~
(a) Whether the Concession includes Islands oxer which
the Shaikh rules and which are shown on the map
attached to the Concession;
(b) Aether ths Concession includes islands over which
the Shaikh rules and which are not shown on the map;
(o) hether the Concession Includes the bed and subsoil
of all the inland or national waters of the mainland
of Qatar and its Islands;
(d) Whether the Concession includes the eea~bed and subsoil
beneath the territorial water# of ths mainland of
Qatar and its Islands;
(e) hither the Concession Includes ths s*a-bed and subsoil
beneath the high seas of the Persian Oulf contiguous
with such territorial waters, which ^*a~btd and
subsoil are mors particularly mentioned in the
Proclamation issued on 8th June, 1949 , by
Shaikh Abdullah bln qaslm al Thanl,
10. During the course of the hearing the shaikh's
Arbitrator placed it on record that he did not dispute 1 -
(I) that the Concession includes islands over which the
Shaikh rules and which are shown on the map attached
to the Concession if and so far as any suoh island
lies to the north of the line drawn on the map, or
(II) that the Concession includes any lakes and rivers of
Qatar, whether shown on the map or not, if and so far
as any suoh lake or river lies to the north of the
aforesaid line.

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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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