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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎37r] (73/174)

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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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complained to the Political Officer, Crucial Coast, that
their daughter had been kidnapped some four months back
from the house of one, Hassan al Sayagh of Dubai, where
she worked as a maid servant, and that their appeal to the
Ruler of Dubai had resulted in no effective action being
taken by him to restore the girl. The father subsequently
went to Qatar where he had heard his daughter had been taken
and with the help of a Qatari friend he was able to bring
her back with him. The Political Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ,
has written to the Ruler of Dubai and asked him to punish the
persons concerned in the kidnapping and to pay the sum of
Rs.700/- to the father of the kidnapped girl.
(iii) Q P men t (Trucial_Coas t) Ltd.
The company have set up their camp in the
Khor Ghanadha area within Abu Dhabi’s limits as they
decided to carry out seismic survey operations in the are
southwest of the camp.
(iv) Reference paragraph 74(v) of Intelligence
Summary No.8.
The Ruler of Ras al Khaimah put out the eyes
of Sai’d al Badi with red hot iron nail but he can still see
a little from one eye. This punishment had unpleasant
repercussions as the Bidah and part of Shihuh have
against the Shaikh of Ras al Khaimah and held some positions
in the Shamil area. They were instigated and greatly assisted
by the Shaikh of Rams who sent his nephew to them with an
offer to become their Amir. One of Dubai merchants named
Hamad bin Majid bin Fitaim, effected a 5-day truce between
both sides and Shaikh Said bin Maktum, Ruler of Dubai, and
his brother Jumah bin Maktum, who volunteered to mediate
in this trouble, left for Ras al Khaimah. Until the end of
the period under report ho settlement has been reached as the
tribes, it is understood, have demanded a large sum of money
from the Ruler of Ras al Khaimah. J t is reported
Shaikh Said bin Maktum has warned the Shaikh of Rams not to
interfere in this matter. The Shaikh of Rams, who is an
astute rogue, has always maintained an unfriendly attitude
towards the Shaikh of Ras al Khaimah and incited Ral al
Khaimah’s neighbours against him.
84. SHIPPING ?
74 ships (22 British, 3 Greek, 14 Panamanian,
8 Norwegian, 22 American, 1 Dutch, 2 Swedish, 2 Japanese)
called at the port of Bahrain during the period under
review. Imports were 9583 tons of general cargo for Bahrain
and 4786 tons for transhipment to the mainland. Exports
were 536,183 tons of petroleum products.
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85. ]VrETEQRQLIGICAL ?
(for the period from 16th to 30th April 1949).
Maximum temperature
Minimum ”
Maximum humidity
Minimum Humidity
Rainfall
107° on 20-4-49.
65° on 18-4-49.
94$ on 16-4-49.
17$ on 20-4-49.
Nil
(contd.)

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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)
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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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