In this collection Cambridge Archive Editions presents the definitive documentary guide to the internal boundaries of the seven Emirates and the UAE-Oman boundary, prepared by the leading authority on UAE boundaries, Mr J. F. Walker, CMG, MBE, former Ambassador, who has long been personally involved in the arbitration and delimitation of Emirates territory. It is a comprehensive collection of British documents covering the settlement of virtually all onshore boundaries, extending to over 4000 pages in eight volumes, with superb collection of maps, including the series of 1957-1960 sketch maps drawn by Mr Walker himself and made public for the first time.
This is the first collection of British documents dedicated to the history of the internal boundaries of the former Trucial States, as well as to the external boundary with the Sultanate of Oman. Documentation from the 1949-1962 period is of particular importance because no boundaries in the area had been settled before 1949, while the majority of the onshore boundaries, both within the Trucial States and with Oman, were delimited by 1962. The work covers both these areas.
The publication does not cover the boundaries of the UAE with Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are better known, while the past disputes between Abu Dhabi and Qatar over the border at Khor al Odaid are no longer relevant to the present situation. Within the UAE certain boundaries are still being finalised, as is shown by the recent announcement of agreement over the Ras al-Khaimah-Umm al Qawain boundary, and by work done by Sharjah to physically demarcate on the ground its boundaries with neighbour Emirates. It is planned to publish a supplement when these last sectors have been finalised and the information is available.
This work forms part of the Arabian Geopolitics series which examines the key issues in the political evolution of strategic regions of the Arabian Peninsula. It explores the historical background to contemporary developments in political and territorial authority. It highlights the interaction of inter-state relations and claims, traditional trade and tribal activity and the extent to which natural resources dictate national claims.
Part I: INTERNAL BOUNDARIESVolume 1 The Establishment of the Trucial States:
Volume 4 Inter-Emirate Boundaries:
Volume 8, Maps 24-36
24. Sketch map of the undisputed land area of the Shaikhdom of Ras al Khaimah. Foreign Office Research Department, October 1959.
25. Rough guide to the sea bed area of Ras al Khaimah, 1961.
26. Boundaries of the Trucial States. (Prepared and drawn from sketch maps and information provided by Julian Walker.) Map No. 1 North. Foreign Office Research Department , February 1962.
27. Boundaries of the Trucial States. Map No. 2 South. Foreign Office Research Department, February 1963.
28. Boundaries of the Trucial States. Map No. 3 covering the Southern Abu Dhabi-Oman boundary. (Unpublished.) Foreign Office Research Department, May 1963.
29. Results of the survey of the frontier between the State of Abu Dahabi and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman carried out by 13th Field Survey Squadron, March/April 1964.
30. Aerial photography of revised land boundary between Abu Dhabi and Dubai as agreed between the Rulers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai at Sumaih, 18 February 1969, showing boundary line with neutral zone between Tawi al-Ashush and Tawi Faqqa. [Foreign and Commonwealth Offfice Library.]
31. Aerial photography of revised land boundary between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, February 1969, showing the turning points of the boundary and adjacent landmarks. [Foreign and Commonwealth Offfice Library.]
32. Map to show the final agreed boundary between the Shaikhdoms of Dubai and Sharjah. Halcrow International Partnership, October 1985.
33.-36. Maps illustrating the October 1960 Court award on the Sharjah-Dubai boundary. [Private source.]