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'File 4/1 General Information regarding Kuwait and Hinterland' [‎155r] (309/474)

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The record is made up of 1 file (235 folios). It was created in 1933-1948. It was written in English and Arabic. 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.


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KU'.VSIT though its Indian population (-un-fr*-! tite j ^£.—^he RmrcT^ hao b^w small, has always
been a port of importance for the distribution of Indian goods,
the consumption of which has steadily increased in recent years.
It is true that Indian merchants have never established
themselves at Kuweit, and the only activities actually
carried on by inidK Indians in the town today are a few small
tailoring establishments, and one general store. But the reason
for this is simply that the Euweiti has always been in the
forefront of Ahe Arab business world, and instead of the
Infilan coming to Kuweit seeking business, the Arab of Kuweit
goes to India himself and brings the business from there. This
is an old condition of affairs, but its importance does not
lessen. Hardly a big business house in Kuweit does not have at
least one member of its family either in Bombay or Karachi,
in a permanent establishment, and indeed in recent years
the Kuweiti have looked farther and farther afield - to
Colombo, Madras, Calcutta e crr-3-i-ngi. norA
business in their wake. Kuweit has traditionally looked to
Iraqi rlantations in which its wealthy families are interested
(and largely hold), but as the place fromwhich its rice, its
tea, its sugar, almost its every kind of foodstuff, building
material, and even household need must oe imported. Of some
150 large Kuweit booms wh/ich annually make long voyages from
the nort, figures show that 150 s^ail to ^Indian ports and
4 to, a* / »■ ■ m ***&*-,**.
ev/TTer^ the V/m ZffYfgrb?
t. h r hrinp ^i-i^ ^ i■■ i t - rice, sugar, ioodstuffs,
piecegoodsA timber for housebuilding and shipbuilding, sail-
thev tradem
are astute traders, and they bring good
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India not only as the best market for/the dates from the

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This file contains a number of reports concerning different aspects of life in Kuwait, including its geography, history, flora and fauna, weather, political administration and leading personalities. Unless otherwise stated, the reports' author is Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Richard Patrick Dickson (the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait).

The reports appear as follows:

  • Note on Kuwait in 1933 incorporating Geography, Administration, History and Trade (folios 2-62)
  • Note on Villages of Kuwait State (folios 63-76)
  • Note on the Various Districts in Kuwait, Kuwait Neutral Zone, Summan Area , Hussaim and Suda (folios 77-104)
  • Notes on the "Batin" Valley, and "Dibdibba" Country (folios 105-120)
  • Note on the "Shaqq" Depression (folios 121-123)
  • Note on "Failakah" Island (folios 124-130)
  • Note on Native Craft of Kuwait (folios 131-135)
  • Note on the Prevailing Winds of Kuwait (folios 136-138)
  • Note on the Different Kinds of Fish found at Kuwait (folios 139-144)
  • Notes on the Drinking Water (Wells, etc) available in Kuwait Town, in Case of Military or Naval Operations (folios 145-147)
  • Notes on Personalities in Kuwait (folios 148-154)
  • Notes on Kuwait (folios 155-159)
  • A report on Kuwait Dhows (with odd notes attached at rear) written by Alan Villiers in 1939 (folios 160-183)
  • Leading Personalities of Kuwait written by Major Tom Hickinbotham in 1942 (folios 187-198)
  • Who's Who in Muscat written by John Baron Howes in 1942 (folios 199-209)
  • Conditions in Kuwait written by Major Maurice Patrick O'Connor Tandy in 1947 (folios 226-228)

Some of the reports contain handwritten notes in Arabic, notably when giving place names and geographical information.

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1 file (235 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 237; these numbers are written in pencil 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.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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