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Coll 5/36 ‘Persian Gulf Air Route: Air facilities at Yas Island and at Abu Dhabi’ [‎97v] (194/235)

The record is made up of 1 file (116 folios). It was created in 4 Oct 1934-8 Jul 1935. 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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The file contains correspondence concerning negotiations with Shaikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, for air facilities at Yas Island [Sir Bani Yas] and Abu Dhabi. The required air facilities include emergency landing grounds, moorings for flying boats, and petrol storage facilities. A copy of the agreement reached (in both Arabic and English) can be found on folios 83-84.

Following the conclusion of the agreement, the file documents the Shaikh's subsequent refusal to permit the construction of a fuel storage tank near Abu Dhabi and his ‘discourtesy’ towards the Commander of HMS Fowey . This includes measures taken by British authorities to ensure the Shaikh's compliance with the agreement and to obtain an apology for the aforementioned commander.

The main correspondents are as follows: 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Trenchard Craven William Fowle), 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. at Bahrain (Percy Gordon Loch), and the Commander in Chief of the East Indies Squadron. It also contains correspondence with the following British Government departments: the Admiralty, Air Ministry, the Foreign Office, and 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. .

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (116 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front 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 117; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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Coll 5/36 ‘Persian Gulf Air Route: Air facilities at Yas Island and at Abu Dhabi’ [‎97v] (194/235), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/1990, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100040939378.0x0000c5> [accessed 21 October 2019]

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