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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎81r] (161/174)

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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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th© Shaikh disembarked a salute of* five guns was fired for
him. Later the Senior Naval Officer returned the call on
the Shaikh at his palace. On the 17th the ship arrived at
Dubai. Shaikh Said bin Maktum, O.B.E., Ruler of Dubai, and
son ? ,Shaikh Rashid, called on the Senior Naval
Officer on board. When the Shaikh disembarked a salute of
five guns was fired for him. The Senior Naval Officer, ac
companied by three officers, returned the call on the Shaikh
and took lunch with him. The Ship arrived at Umm al Qaiwain
on the 18th.^ Shaikh Ahmad bin Rashid, Ruler of Umm al Qaiwain,
and two of his youngest sons, accompanied by the Political
ou • 1,rUcial Coast ? called on the Senior Naval Officer. When the
Shaikh disembarked a salute of three guns was fired for him.
Later the Senior Naval Officer, accompanied by 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 three officers from the ship, re
turned the call on the Shaikh. In the evening the Ship le^t
Umm al Qaiwain and arrived at Ras al Khairnah on the 19th.
Shaikh Saqr bin Muhammad, Ruler of Ras al Khaimah, called on
Senior Naval Officer. When the Shaikh disembarked a sa-
lute of three guns was fired for him. Later the Senior Naval
Officer,accompanied by three officers, returned the call on
the Shaikh. He took lunch with the Shaikh in his palace. The
ship left Rrs al Khaimah on the same day.
(ii) Movements of Gove rn ment officia ls.
. 0n the 5th His Excellency the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency.
m the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , accompanied by Lady Hay and Miss Hay,
arrived at Abu Dhabi in L.T. ”Nearchus n . The Political Of
ficer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , and Shaikh Shakhbut bin Sultan, Ruler ef
Abu Dhabi, went on board and called on the Resident. His
Excellency the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. returned the call on the
Shaikh in his Fort and had lunch with him. In the evening
the Resident left Abu Dhabi and arrived at Sharjah on the morn
ing of the 6 th. The Resident disembarked,stayed at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent.
where Shaikhs Muhammad bin Saqr, brother of the Ruler of Sharjah,
Said bin Maktum, 0.B.E., Ruler of Dubai,and his eldest son
Rashid, Khalid bin Ahmad, Regent of Kalba, and Rashid bin Humaid,
Ruler of. Ajman, called on him. Later the Resident returned the
call on Shaikh Muhammad bin Saqr, brother of the Ruler of Sharjah,
and had lunch with him. On the morning of the 7th the Resident
went to Dubai and returned the call on the Ruler of Dubai and had
lunch with him. £Bn the evening he returned the call on the
Ruler of Ajman at Ajman. 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. ,
held a cocktail and dinner party for His Excellency to which the
British community of Dubai and Sharjah were invited. On the
8th the Resident left for Ghanadha and Ras Sadar accompanied
by the Political Officer and Mr. Godrai of the Petroleum De
velopment ( Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ) Ltd. and returned in the evening.
In the same evening th^ Medical Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , held
a dinner party for His Excellency in the R.A.F. Mess, Sharjah.
Owing to rough seas, His Excellency and his family, accompanied
by the Political Officer, were unable to orabark in Noarchuo
at Sharjah and proceeded to Umm al Qaiwain by road on the 9tL
where after calling on the Ruler, they embarked in Nearchus which
then sailed for R^s al Khaimah. Calls were exchanged in th -
afternoon of the 9th. On the l©th a partridge shoot was ar
ranged for His Excellency in the Jiri at Ras al Khaimah followed
by lunch at the Fort, after which His Excellency and party em
barked for Bahrain.
(iii) U.S. Navv .
November
On the 27tli^U.S.S. ,, Valcour , ‘ arrived at Sharjah.
Captain Hensel accompanied by Lt. Col. D.G. McCaully, Medical
Officer
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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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