Water resources

FO 371/174721 1964

This file contains correspondence relating to:

  • Commissioning of Sir William Halcrow & Partners to provide a survey of water resources within the Trucial States Development Scheme (5)
  • Investigation by consulting geologist K Spink of reported submarine springs of fresh water near Ras Al Gharab Island to the east of Abu Dhabi (9)
  • Plans for a preliminary water resources survey by Halcrow this winter and the question of how big a survey Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan will agree to (11)
  • Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum's agreement to cooperate with the water survey of the Trucial States and the difficulty of obtaining clearance from the Sultan of Muscat and Oman, Sultan Saeed Bin Taimur and from Sheikh Shakhbut (13)
  • Estimated cost of the water survey by Halcrow (14)
  • Possibility of obtaining money from Saudi Arabia or the Arab League as HMG will be unable to fund more than a quarter of the survey (15)
  • Meeting between the Halcrow engineer and J R Rich about the progress of the water survey, and the former's request to see aerial photographs of the Buraimi Oasis area (16)