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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎61r] (121/174)

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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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144 0 BAHRAI N A FF AIRS .
(i) B ajo c o 0
Reference paragraph 127 (ii) of Summary No,15.
Aramco are reported to have reacted violently
to the establishment by Bapco of a survey aid station on Arabi.
Aramco claims the island as Saudi Arabian territory.
Bapco now propose to extend their exploratory
activities in the waters to the area lying north, north
east and east of the Island of Bahrain as far as the bank
Fasht Abu Safah having received an assurance from the Shaikh
that the area lies within his territory.
(ii) Rev aluation of Sterling .
u* Pakistanis employed and paid locally are dis
turbed at the extra cost of remittances to Pakistan and at
the prospective loss of part of their savings and the de
preciation of provident funds. At a meeting of the chief
local firms held at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. to discuss the question it
was clear that no agreed common policy could be reached.
The question is now beingconsideredofficially as the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent.
staff includes Pakistanis.
(iii) S lipway project ,
Messrs. Gray, Mackenzie & Co., Ltd, propose to
build a slipway on the Muharraq side of the bridge connecting
Manamah and Muharraq. The Shaikh proposes an alternative
site on the Manamah side of the bridge and this is to be
given technical examinationx.
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(iv) Reference paragraph 134 of Summary No.16.
Shaikh Humaid bin Saqr, brother of the Ruler of
Sharjah, left for Sharjah by launch on the 29th.
145. QATAR .
(i) Zu barah .
As a result of the call at the Foreign Office
by Mr. Belgrave, the Adviser, and Mr. Ballantyne, the Shaikh
considers that not every dot and comma in his voluminous
correspondence with the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. on the subject of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha.
has been faithfully transmitted to London and so he is in
clined to feel that his interests have been neglected. He
also thinks that the change of Ruler in Qatar is a golden op
portunity for settling this ageing dispute. It might be
but for the fact that Shaikh Abdulla although abdicated still
stays on in Qatar and is still visited daily by his son the
new Ruler and, even spoke recently of paying a visit to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha.
himself. The attitude of the Shaikh o*f Bahrain is now very
reasonable and as a bait towards settlement he has offered
to substitute transit dues on goods for Qatar passing through
Bahrain instead of the full dues now levied. The Shaikh is
now asking for an assurance from His Majesty's Government,
not Qatar, that his rights in Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. will be respected.

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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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