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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎10r] (19/174)

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The record is made up of 1 file (85 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1949-31 Dec 1949. It was written in English. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Shaikh Humaid did not intend to release them
until they had returned all the things they had stolen
from Kalba people.
Tuwairish al Afari and his gang, however,
escaped from the prison at Kalba and took refuge with the
Shaikh of Fujairah who offered them protection despite
protests from Shaikh Humaid bin Abdullah. In the mean
time 3 messengers sent by Zayid bin Sultan, brother of
Shaikh Shakhbut of Abu Dhabi, to intercede for their
release, arrived and accompanied them back to their places.
On arrival at Jabal Fayah, however, this g-ng stopped
a Dubai truck coming from the Batinah to Dubai with pas
sengers and goods. They robbed the money (said to be
Rs.5000/- odd) and one rifle and the goods of the pas
sengers who were Muscat and Sharjah subjects and kidnapped
a Sharjah woman. They then allowed the car to go on. As
soon as the Shaikh of Dubai heard of the incident he sent
out a pursuit party consisting of some 40 mounted men after
them but they have not so far returned. The Shaikh of
Sharjah who is also concerned in this affair took no action
besides writing to the Shaikh of Dubai and asking him what
action he proposed to take.
37 ships (14 Panamanian, 7 American, 7 British,
4 Norwegian, 1 Danish, 1 Dutch, 1 Japanese, 1 Sranish, and
1 Swedish) called at the port of Bahrain during the period
under review. Imports were 1484 tons of general cargo for
Bahrain and 1084 tons for transhipment to the mainland.
Exports were 311,520 tons of petroleum products,
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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. , Bahrain.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1949. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports contain information covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally;
  • American interests in the region;
  • local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.
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1 file (85 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 87; 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 foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-87; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎10r] (19/174), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/320, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 12 April 2024]

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