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Coll 5/63 ‘Petroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd: Proposed construction of aerodrome on western side of Qatar’ [‎12r] (23/113)

The record is made up of 1 file (55 folios). It was created in 14 Apr 1937-21 Oct 1947. 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.

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P.C-L. letter. No. QCQ.4/4435 dated 21.8. *46 to H.E. Shaikh Abdulla
I bln^aslm^l-lihani, Rtiler of Qatar.
£ ~v ^(Jenpral Permission for company
Zs l C.sJ Aircraft to land in Qatar .
<?it i reference to bur letter No.qCQ* 4/4225 dated the 22nd
May 1946 ($opy attached for ready reference) and subsequent cor-
respondencC-thereon, al-»o‘ the discussion at Riyan on the 10th of
August 1946 in which Your Excellency finally confirmed that you
agreed that Company aircraft could land in Qatar without obtaining
prior permission in each case, we shall be glad if Your Excellency
will now put this in writing to enable us to comply with the proce
dure suggested by 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. , namely, that there should
be an exchange of letters on this subject between Your Excellency
and the Company, on receipt of your reply, we propose to send a
copy of our lio.QCQ.4/4225 and this memo, and your reply to 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. .
As we expect considerable expansion of our work in Qatar
very shortly, we shall be grateful for your reply as early as
possible.
P.C.L. Letter No.UCw.4/4225 dated 22.5.*46 to Ruler of Qatar .
General permission for Company aircraft to land in Qatar.
We have the honour to refer to our discussions at Riyan on
the 11th of May 1946 on the subject of general permission for Com
pany aircraft co land in Qatar. , shall be grateful if Your
Excellency will now confirm thatyou agreed that company aircraft
could land without obtaining prior permission from your Excellency
in each separate case as previously laid down in Article 6 of the
Company*s concession.
We confirm that we explained to Your Excellency that planes
might require to land at the R.A.F. landing ground near Doha at
Nasraniyah and later on at a landing ground to be constructed by
the company in the region ftfi of Dukhan Camp, and we noted that
you had no objection.
We confirm also that the company agrees to Your Excellency's
stipulation that the Company aeroplanes should be used for Company
business only and for no other commercial purposes.
1 We should be grateful if Your Excellency will now also con-
jjtSx Article 6 of the Company's Concession as regards the use
I of aircraft is amended according to the new agreement, which is
I the subject of this letter.
tjh&ikn of Qatari lette r dated the 5th of Shawal 1365 (correspond-
ing to the 1st of September 19 46). to the Manager, Petroleum Deve*
7 lopment (Qatar) Halted. ’
With reference to your letter No.qCQ. 4/4435 dated 21st of
August regarding planes used on Company's special business, neces
sitated by the expansion ci its operations, we confirm (herewith)
what we stated to you earlier, in our discussions, on the subject,
of our agreement to their (general) landings as and when required
for such necessary business.
Kindest greetings.
s

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The file is concerned with an application from Petroleum Concessions Limited for a general permission to operate aircraft within Qatar and the wider 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. ; under the Qatar Oil Concession the company was required to seek permission from the Shaikh of Qatar for each flight. There is also correspondence related to a proposal from the Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited to establish a landing ground near its camp at Jebel Dukhan in western Qatar.

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. , 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, and officials of 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. . It also contains letters from representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited and Petroleum Concessions (Qatar) Limited.

The file does not contain any papers from 1938, and the years 1940-1944.

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 (55 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 (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 56; 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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