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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎18r] (35/104)

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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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11 . mbject to wh*% in rooordod in Paragraph 10 abovo,
the Coapany 1 ® Arbitrator and tba shaikh*• Arbitrator
maintained oonfllotlng viewo upon the several queetione
set out in Paragraph 9 above* the Company* e Arbitrator
maintaining: that each of the five questions ou*?ht to be
answered in the affirmative* while the Shaikh*s Arbitrator
maintained that each of them ought to be answered in the
negative. It thus beease the duty of the third arbitrator
to deelde in each oase what wae to be the Award of the
majority of the Arbitrator*.
PART 111 - AiSAKP*:
12. The deeieion of the Arbitrator* in the Reference is
as follows. In each oase the deeision is that of a
majority of the Arbitrator* and le not unanimous. Upon the
questions set out in Paragraph 9 above i—
(a) and (b) The Third Arbitrator and the Company**
Arbitrator decide that the Concession includes islands
over which K.B.* Shaikh Abdullah ruled at the date of
the Concession* whether or not they are shown on the
map attached to the Conceeeloa* and they so award.
(e) The Third Arbitrator and the Company** Arbitrator
decide that the Concession include* the bed and
subsoil of all the inland or national water* (1) of
the mainland of the State of Qatar in ? > f^x w it
lie* to the north of the line drawn on the aforesaid
map* and (ii) oi the ieland* mentioned in (a) and (b)
above* and they so award.
(d) The Third Arbitrator and the Company*e Aybltratoff
decide that the Concession includes the sea-bed and
subsoil bsnsath tbs territorial waters (1) of tbs
mainland of tbs Stats of Qatar In so far as It lies to
tbs north of the aforesaid 11ns, and (11) of tbs
island, mentioned In (a) and (b) above, and they so

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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' [‎18r] (35/104), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/891, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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