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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎19r] (37/174)

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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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46. Z UBARAH .
Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim bin Khalid al
Khalifah, the cousin and brother-in-law of His Highness,
recently crossed over to Qatar with seven or eight men
of the Nai'm tribe. He was well received by the Ruler
of Qatar who informed him that they could live in the
Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. area.
His Highness did not know of this exodus until
it had taken place ■nd he has written to the Political
Agent saying that ho does not approve of it.
(i) Sharjah .
Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr, Ruler of Sharjah, has
recently been seriously ill with a combination of bronchitis,
diabetes, and several other complaints. On the 10th he
was flown to Bahrain and admitted to the Bahrain Government
Hospital where his condition has much improved,
(ii) Two women were recently kidnapped by bedouins
from Khor village in Sharjah territory and taken and sold
in Buraimi. The Shaikh of Sharjah sent his brother Muhammad
bin Saqr to Buraimi where he was able to effect the release
of the two captives with the assistance of Shaikh Zayid
bin Sultan, brother of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
(ii i) Fuia irah.
Shaikh Muhammad bin Hamad ash Sharqi of Fujairah
recently visited Ajman and Sharjah, At Sharjah he called
on the Ruler and spent a night with him. It will be re
called that the Shaikh of Fujairah has in the past been
extremely suspicious of the Shaikh of Sharjah's intentions
with regard to himself and recently rejected several offers
of reconciliation made by the Shaikh of Sharjah.
(iv) Abu Dhat t.
Reference paragraph 36 (ii) of Intelligence
Summary No.4.
The Ruler of Abu Dhabi's concern about Saudi
tax collectors entering his territory has been increased
by a recent ineursion and he has asked that a protest be
made to the Saudi Government.
34 ships (14 British, 7 Panamanian, 6 Norwegian,
4 American, 1«Greek, 1 Spanish, and 1 Swedish) called at
the port of Bahrain during the period under review. Imports
were 2934 tons of general cargo for Bahrain and 3981 tons
for transhipment to the mainland. Exports were 255,200
tons of petroleum products.
77° on the 5th, 7th and 14th
52° on the 3rd
91$ on the 3rd
23% on the 10
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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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