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Coll 5/63 ‘Petroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd: Proposed construction of aerodrome on western side of Qatar’ [‎36r] (71/113)

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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hilly country (though
north-east of the Oil
not high
Camp and
hills) immediately north
test well.
2 .
and
Paragraph Jh_
I do not quite understand why Dohah should be named
as an important tactical point. It is not actually the
Shaikh’s capital, it is a very bad port, and its only
importance seems to be that it is the largest ’’town” in
Qatar. The aerodrome to the north of the town is not, to
my mind, well located strategically.
Paragraph 12.
As stated above I think the Dohah landing ground is
badly placed. It is 55 miles by road from the Oil Camp
which, assuming oil developments, will presumably be the main
point of defence. I have personally seen an area about 2
miles frcm the Zekrit landing, on the road from Zekrit pier
to the Oil Camp, which could be cleared and used as an
aerodrome very cheaply. The Royal Air Porce will presumably
wish to verify this view and the Air Liaison Officer might
take an early opportunity of visiting Zekrit. In so far as
expenditure is concerned, I think the Oil Company will be
prepared to meet the cost of clearance provided it is allowed
to use its own aircraft in normal times.
P aragraph 15.
The recommendation to secure the Salwa Wells presumably
depends on the existence of a state of war with Saudi Arabia
or of anarchy in Saudi Arabia. In other circumstances I do
not see how forces operating in conjunction with the Royal
Air Force can enter Saudi territory to seize the Wells.
To my mind the importance of these Wells is over
estimated, and I am inclined to believe that even 3edu forces
would /

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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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Coll 5/63 ‘Petroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd: Proposed construction of aerodrome on western side of Qatar’ [‎36r] (71/113), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2025, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/universal-viewer/81055/vdc_100041298313.0x000048> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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