The Decline and Fall of The Zand Dynasty

- 37 - the assistance of Sheikh Rashid bin Mattar al-Qasimi, Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, giving him wide authority to settle all matters between the disputing parties. Accordingly, Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid bin Mattar al-Qasimi arrived in Bushehr on 23rd February 1783 with a letter from his father to Sheikh Nasser regarding the settlement. Sheikh Nasser, in response, prepared to travel to Bahrain for the peace arrangements with the Utoubs in Zubara. The agreement was supposed to be signed in early March, 1783.(3) In mid-May 1783, Sheikh Rashid bin Mattar alQasimi arrived in Bahrain and met with Sheikh Nasser of Bushehr. In the morning of 17th May, he sent his cousin, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rahma bin Mattar al-Qasimi, to make the peace arrangements on board of the Bateel. He went with eighteen sailors and guards. The Bateel was anchored opposite the town of Zubara waiting for the arrivals from the town. The waters there were shallow with some dangerous crooked passages. In the meantime, to the north of Zubara towards the open sea, where the large ships could get closer to the