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'THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF DHUFAR PROVINCE, MUSCAT AND OMAN' [‎20r] (29/96)

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The record is made up of 1 item (47 folios). It was created in 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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□on, or by the ruins of El Balad, etc. There seems to have been an inland
rapped trade route also from Dhnfar northwards from El Balad (and today
high as from Salalah) by way of the Garzaz wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. , but I am not aware of
:rees at any further particulars. On this Dhufar coast the bay of Murbat
urbaid offers anchorage during the north-east monsoon, and the bay of
►nths— Risut is a good anchorage during the south-west monsoon for
plains steamers (as proved during the war). Risut bay would probably
low as make a good landing place for flying boats and was, I understand,
better so used during the war. Khor El Rori might make an even more
d Qara sheltered hydroplane base, if properly attended to. Mention has
ufar is also been made of the landing ground near Salalah, and there is an
;h-west emergency landing ground just east of Murbat (which fortunately
Western was never found necessary).
29. While the Salalah landing ground is to be kept in a service-
asts of able condition (and it has a long ‘ Run-way ’) the commercial traffic
aliland so far maintained by British Overseas Airways Corporation has been
>ossible closed down. This is perhaps a necessary proceeding if there has
of the been little traffic by air between India and Aden and Abyssinia, but
East- it makes Dhufar more difficult of access as there is, so far as I know,
ands— no regular steamer service to this coast. Arab dhows carry most
ra and of the little sea-borne trade that there is at present—Salalah imports
nd the dates and simple things required by a poor and wild people, and
u and exports cocoanuts, frankincense, etc. The distance to Muscat by
r eet (in sea must be quite 750 miles for a dhow A term adopted by British officials to refer to local sailing vessels in the western Indian Ocean. and take at least 3 days with
ains of favourable winds and weather (even by steamer). The Sultan, it is
rt (the to be remembered also, possesses the port of Gwadur, with about
which 300 square miles around it, on the Mekran (Baluchistan) coast. It is
Arabia the ‘Calais’ of the Omani possessions on the Persian side of the
vest of gulf of Oman. The flight distance from Gwadur to Muscat is about
Masira 250 miles from Gwadur. There is no landing ground at Gwadur, but
has no planes flying into the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. or to Aden from Karachi go over
much. Jiwani (Ganz), 32 miles west of Gwadur. It is possible there is a
off the landing ground at Jiwani, but in any case Gwadur East bay (or
ains of perhaps West bay) could be used as a hydroplane base (for Oman)
u, and on the one hand and facilities are also possible at Muscat for an
ountry air service in Oman and southern Arabia on the other.
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This booklet contains a comprehensive geological report compiled by Sir Cyril Sankey Fox for the Omani Government in 1947. The booklet is the first general mineral audit of the southern reaches of Oman, near its border with Yemen, along with a detailed description of the geography. The mineral audit includes descriptions of potential oil deposits. The booklet also contains a map of the Dhufar coast.

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'THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF DHUFAR PROVINCE, MUSCAT AND OMAN' [‎20r] (29/96), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/1422, ff 6-53, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100058140641.0x000029> [accessed 5 March 2024]

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