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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎146r] (300/466)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (228 folios). It was created in 19 Jun 1934-21 Jan 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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wireless installations and railways on special personal services
with due regard to the Company f s operations and in times of
national emergency the ohaikh shall have full use free of charge
of the Company 1 s wireless and telegraph installations and
railways for Governmental purposes.
The Shaikh 1 s ships shall have the right to use harbours
utilised or constructed by the Company* provided that such use in
no way hampers the Company or interferes with the safety of its
operations* of which the Company shall be the sole judge.
Article .7.
The Shaikh shall grant to the Company free of cost
the unrestricted use and occupation of uncultivated land belonging
to the Shaikh which the Company may need for its operations.
Any other lands houses or buildings required by the
Company may be bought or leased by it with the consent of and
on conditions to be arranged with the proprietors thereof, but
the terms of such purchase or lease shall not be in excess of
those ordinarily current in their respective localities. The
Company shall acquire only such land houses and buildings as are
necessary for its operations under this Agreement* and such land
shall at all times be loss than the whole area of Qatar. The
Company shall inform the Shaikh from time to time of the land
houses and buildings which it requires to occupy for its
operations* and land houses and buildings previously acquired by
the Company from the Shaikh but found no longer necessary for its
operations shall be returned by the Company to the Shaikh at a
cost which shall not in any case be greater than that paid by the
Provided that all land houses and buildings owned by
the Company shall be handed over to the Shaikh on the expiry or
sooner determination of this Agreement.
Art icle 8 ,
The Company may take any water required for its
operations free of cost provided that such water can be taken

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The volume contains correspondence between 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 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. at Bushire, the Government of India, 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the air reconnaissance of Qatar and the negotiations with ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, for the oil concession, including arrangements for APOC's Mr Mylles visiting Doha and on the visit of the Sheikh of Qatar to Bahrain, from 14 to 19 October 1934. The volume contains draft agreements and:

  • 'Memorandum respecting the Boundaries in Arabia: Anglo-Turkish Arrangements' (ff. 22-23), with map (f. 24) showing the Anglo-Turkish Conventions lines in the Arabic peninsula;
  • Hand-drawn map showing the itinerary of the Qatar air reconnaissance carried out on 29 June 1934 (folio 34).
  • 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 218).

There are some letters in Arabic, mainly to and from the local rulers.

Extent and format
1 volume (228 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 213-219). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 1A) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 230; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 35-229; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. 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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