UPDATE 8: Real estate shares lift index in Dubai while Aabar boosts Abu Dhabi.
Gains in Al Rajhi Bank helped lift the Saudi index to a higher close, ahead of a week-long break for Eid.
Al Rajhi Bank
, the country's largest listed lender, rose two percent and
Banque Saudi Fransi
climbed 1.6 percent.
gained 1.3 percent.
The index ended 0.8 percent higher at 6,356 points.
UAE markets ended a short trading week higher after real estate stocks helped lift the index.
surged 4.4 percent,
rose 0.7 percent and
gained 1 percent.
Abu Dhabi's index also ended higher, with gains across various sectors, although activity was modest.
rose 2.2 percent. The company earlier on Wednesday said it entered into a $1.6bn loan agreement with local and international lenders.
The benchmark ended 0.6 percent higher at 2,910 points.
Kuwait's index extended gains and ended higher on Wednesday, lifted by banking and investment company stocks.
rose 3.5 percent and
Al Ahli Bank
gained 3.1 percent.
Kuwait Finance House
climbed 1.9 percent.
After surging 6 percent early in the session,
ended the session flat.
The index ended 0.9 percent higher at 6,934 points, its fourth gain in five sessions.
Qatar's index also ended higher, rising 0.6 percent to 7,193 points, while Bahrain's benchmark slipped 0.4 percent to 1,443 points.
Bluechips pulled Oman's index to a lower close, its fourth decline in five sessions as volumes fell to a fresh 10-month low.
fell 1.2 percent and
Oman Telecommunications (Omantel)
slipped 1.1 percent.
The index ended 0.1 percent lower at 6,386 points. (Reuters)