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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎74r] (147/174)

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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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During the period under report Mr. Lindsay'of
Messrs. Holloway Bros., paid several visits to the Trucial
Coast on business.
; On the 1st Mr. A.a. Helmi, Gulf Inspector of
the ^Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, Abadan, arrived at Dubai and
Sharjah by s.s. "Khuzistan" and left on the 3#d.
(ii) Movements_of, Truc ial Coas t Shaikhs.
On the 27th October Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmad,
Regent of Kalba, arrived at Sharjah and called on the Po
litical Officer.
U On the 29th October Shaikh Saqr bin Sultan,
eldest son of the Ru' er of Sharjah, arrived from Bombay 0 , his
brother Khalid havin gone to Bombay to attend to his father.
On the_28th October Shaikh Khalifah bin Sai'd,
, second son of the Ruler of Dubai, arrived at Dubai from
Bahrain on his way back from pilgrimage. King Ibn Saud
presented him with one saloon car which he brought with him
to Dubai.
On the 31st October Saiyid Ibrahim bin Saud
Wall of Khasab, arrived at Sharjah and left for Dubai on
the 1st November for medical treatment.
On the 5th Shaikh Saqr bin Sultan, Chief of the
Nai'm tribe of Buraimi, accompanied by Shaikh Ahmad as-Saif,
Chief of the Khawatir sub-section of the Nai'm, arrived at
Dubai and remained as guests of the Shaikh of Dubai. Shaikh
Saqr called on 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. , and the
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at Sharjah and was entertained to lunch by
Mr. Henderson, Representative of Petroleum Development (Tru
cial Coast) Ltd. in his house in Dubai. Shaikhs Rashid bin
Sai'd, luma’h_bin Maktum, Hashur bin Maktum, 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. , and the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent were also
invited.
(i ii) jjQ cal affairs .
During the period under report there was a fracas
between some fishermen of Sha'am (under Ras al Khaimah) and
Bakha over the catch of fish. The Shaikh of Kalba was ex
cited, went 'i -0 the village of al Qir lying on the north-eastern
side of Sha' am and s _i tried firing from his house there and
from the mountains oi Sha'am but no harm w^as done. The mat
ter was quickly settled.
vJv It is reported that some stolen cloth was recovered
at Bombay from the Shaikh of Sharjah's wife who still lives in
Bombay and ships goods from hhere to Sharjah for sale.
168 . SH JjpPING.
34 ships (10 British, 8 Panamanian, 7 American,
2 DutcVn 2 Italian, 2 Norwegian 1 Danish, 1 Japanese, and
1 Sweriish) called the port of Bahrain during the period under
review. Imports were 3851 tons of general cargo for Bahrain
and '2191 tons for transhipment to the mainland. Exports were
265,300 tons of petroleum products.
2 more Dutch ships called at the port of Bahrain
diaring the period 16th to 31st October and discharged 1142 tons
of general cargo for Bahrain and 534 tons for transhipment to
"'the mainland. These were not included in the last Summary
as particulars were not received.

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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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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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