Records of the Emirates 1961–1965

ISBN:  (13) 978-1-85207-765-5   Extent:  5 volumes, 3,000 pages

Editor:  A. Burdett  Published: 1997
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish. Front cover carries the Emirati crest.
See sample pages: not available

In these 3000 pages Archive Editions presents a comprehensive collection of facsimile original British Government documents detailing the history of the Emirates between 1961 and 1965.
The intention of this collection was to compile all the pages relating to the history and development of the Emirates for this period, therefore the key events are covered in greater detail than in the collection for 1820–1960.
They include: inter-emirate boundary questions which were increasingly disputed as the position of oil deposits became clearer; OPEC were involved when Sheikh Shakbut of Abu Dhabi refused to sign the 50-50 agreement; the relocation of Ras-al Khaimah, which was being submerged, was addressed with funds from Kuwait and Abu Dhabi; in 1964 the Arab League Mission visited as did the Arab League Gulf Committee in 1965 and caused a flurry of diplomatic activity on the part of the British who wished to remain central to the foreign policy of the Emirates; and Iran was involved in a dispute over territorial waters with Ajman fishermen operating out of Kuwait.


Understanding the Series
The three Records of the Emirates titles combine to create a large collection which provides facsimile copies of the key documents reflecting the developments of the United Arab Emirates from 1820 to modern times. The collections offer historical evidence for the political, economic and social evolution of the seven Emirates. Up to 1947 material is drawn extensively from the India Office Collection of the British Library.
 After 1947 archival material on the Emirates is drawn largely from the Public Records Office in London, in particular its Embassy and Consular archives and its Foreign Office archives. These documents continue the economic story through oil concession negotiations; prospecting rights and surveys and the first oil strike in Abu Dhabi in 1958. They include internal and external frontier negotiations and questions of island sovereignty, constitutional and military developments; the Trucial States Council and the Trucial Oman Levies, municipal development, banking, medicine, and air travel all up to 1965. In the years up to 1966–1971 the new subject of the unification of the Emirates arises and the process is covered in detail.
Such records complete the historical background to the extraordinary evolution of the Emirates, from desert subsistence economies to modern city states.


Highlights from the contents


  • Dubai: plans for bridge over the creek
  • New runway at Sharjah airfield
  • The De Ribbing mission to Buraimi
  • Abu Dhabi town planning
  • Boundary agreements with Muscat
  • Iranian claims to the Tunbs
  • Sharjah oil concession
  • Problems with rule of Shaikh Shakbut
  • Possible succession of Shaikh Zaid
  • Opening of new banks in Abu Dhabi
  • Frontier issues between Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah
  • New oil and mineral surveys and concessions
  • Correspondence regarding prospect of federation
  • Abu Dhabi causeway scheme and building projects
  • Postal services for Ajman, Fujairah, Ras-al-Khaimah, and Umm-al-Qawain
  • Ras-al-Khaimah development projects
  • Administration of Abu Dhabi and Dubai Police
  • Oil developments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm-al-Qawain, Ras-al-Khaimah
  • Shaikh Shakbut, Ruler of Abu Dhabi: discussions within British Government regarding replacing him with Shaikh Zayed
  • Abu Dhabi opposition to idea of federation
  • Sharjah municipality established
  • Various port and harbour improvement schemes
  • Iran protests over Ras-al-Khaimah seabed boundary
  • Interest in Dubai offshore oil exploration
  • Labour demands and unrest in Abu Dhabi
  • Fujairah: aviation aid and civic developments


Arab Gulf Cities
Arabian Boundaries 1853–1960
Arabian Boundaries 1961–1965
Arabian Boundary Disputes
Arabian Treaties 1600–1960
Buraimi Dispute 1950–1961 – Contemporary Documents, The
Buraimi Memorials 1955, The
Diplomacy in the Near and Middle East 1535–1956
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: South-West Arabia: Saudi Arabia–Yemen Dispute
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia 1930–1960
Gazetteer of Arabian Tribes
Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia
GCC States: National Development Records: Civil Aviation 1920–1962, The
GCC States: National Development Records: Communications & Transport 1860–1960, The
GCC States: National Development Records: Defence in the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia 1920–1960, The
Middle East Intelligence Handbooks 1943–1946
Military Handbooks of Arabia 1913–1917
Neglected Arabia / Arabia Calling 1892–1962
Oil Concessions in Five Arab States 1911–1953: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Trucial States and Oman
Persian Gulf Administration Reports 1873–1957
Persian Gulf Gazette and Supplements 1953–1972
Persian Gulf Historical Summaries 1907–1953, The
Persian Gulf Précis, The
Persian Gulf Trade Reports 1905–1940, The
Political Diaries of the Arab World: Persian Gulf 1904–1965
Records of the Emirates 1961–1965
Records of the Emirates 1966–1971
Ruling Families of Arabia: Documentary Records of the Dynasties of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman
Slave Trade Into Arabia 1820–1973, The
Treaties and Engagements Relating to Arabia and the Persian Gulf
Water Resources in the Arabian Peninsula 1921–1960