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Coll 5/63 ‘Petroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd: Proposed construction of aerodrome on western side of Qatar’ [‎54r] (107/113)

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.Z . 2008/8V
PETROLEUM
CONCESSIONS
COP
LIMITED.
PC. 27/28/30.
City-Gate House,
Finsbury Square,
London, E.C.2.
24th March, 1937.
The Under-Secretary of State for India,
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. ,
Whitehall, S.W.l.
Sir,
As you are av/are, we hold a Concession over the
Peninsula of Qatar and five Options on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ,
some of which are now in process of being converted into
Concessions. In addition, we are hoping to obtain an Option
or Concession from the Sultan of Muscat very shortly.
Our experience with geological reconnaissance in
this part of the world to date has shown that the lack of
water, the lack of roads, and the difficulty in obtaining supplies
makes progress extremely slow.
In other parts of the v/orld it has been found that
an aerial survey can often give more useful results than
reconnaissance on the ground, and that such results are obtained
in a tithe of the time.
We would therefore like to investigate the possibility
of arranging aerial transport for our geological parties working
in these areas.
Furthermore, our friends, the Anglo-Iranian Oil
Company, have, we understand, made arrangements for an
aerial survey to be carried out for them this Spring
in Southern Persia by Aerofilms Ltd., a well-known firm
which specialises in work of this description. We
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’ [‎54r] (107/113), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2025, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041298313.0x00006c> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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