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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎22r] (43/174)

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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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them a plot of government land. This it has agreed to do on
condition that should the land no longer be required by the
P.G.L.S, it should first be offered to the Bahrain Government.
(i) Two women were kidnapped at the wells in
Sharjah by a gang of bedouin robbers and taken to Buraimi. A«
pursuit party consisting of 50 men was immediately despatched
in three cars. They succeeded in restoring the two kidnapped
women who were brought back to Sharjah.
(ii) On the 19th March a woman of Dubai, a manumitted
slave, and her son were kidnapped and taken to Himriyah. There
her prospective buyer, on hearing that she was a manumitted
slave, declined to buy her, and on the 24th March she was
rescued by an emissary of the Ruler of Dubai and brought back
to Dubai*
(*) Petroleum Development (Trucial Co a st) Ltd .
Reference paragraph 260(i) of Intelligence
Summary No.19 of 1948.
The Company have removed their camp from the
Jabal Ali area and brought their stores and equipment to
their base at Sharjah. Their seismic party are at present
operating in the Dubai and Sharjah areas from a line running
northwards and eastwards. In order to facilitate their
operations in the Sharjah area the Company have paid a sub
stantial subsidy to Muhammad bin Ali al Huwaidin, Chief of the
Beni Qitab tribe, the largest and most important tribe' in that
(ii) On the 16th a number of the company geologists
carried out a reconnaissance flight over Oman and after landing
in Masirah for refuelling they returned to Sharjah. On the
17th they left for Bahrain.
(iii) Shariah.
Reference paragraph 47 (i) of Intelligence
Summary No.5.
As medical opinion here was unanimous that his
further treatment called for an operation the Shaikh decided
to be operated on in India despite the risk attached to his
removal. On the 21st he left Bahrain by air for Bombay.
Shortly after his departure it was rumoured that he had died.
This is now thought to be untrue but later reports state that
he is seriously ill and is being given blood transfusions. His
three sons, Shaikhs Saqr, Muhammad, and Salim bin Sultan, left
on the 22nd for India via Saudi Arabia.
(iv) Reference paragraph 17 (vi) of Intelligence
Summary No.2.
On the 11th Shaikh Rashid bin Humaid, returned
from Buraimi to Ajman after becoming reconciled with Shaikh
S-aqr^bin Sultan of the Nai’m, through the mediation of Shaikh
Sulaiman bin Himyar of Jabal al Akhdhar who went with him for
this purpose.

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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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