Aug 4 (Reuters) – Major stock markets in the Gulf opened mixed in early trade on Wednesday amid reports of an oil product tanker being seized by Iran-backed forces.
On Tuesday, three maritime security sources claimed Iranian-backed forces seized an oil product tanker off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, although Iran denied the reports. read more
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index (.TASI) fell 0.3% as Savola Group (2050.SE) tumbled 2.7% after reporting a second-quarter net profit of 200 million riyals ($53.33 million) down from 409.6 million riyals year ago.
The kingdom’s foreign minister said on Tuesday he sees an emboldened Iran acting in a negative manner around the Middle East, endangering shipping, arming Yemen’s Houthis and contributing to political deadlock in Lebanon. read more
The main share index (.DFMGI) in Dubai, the Middle East’s travel and tourism hub, advanced 0.7%, with sharia-compliant lender Dubai Islamic Bank (DISB.DU) and blue-chip developer Emaar Properties (EMAR.DU) gaining 0.8% each.
Elsewhere, budget airliner Air Arabia (AIRA.DU) was up 0.7%.
The United Arab Emirates will on Thursday lift a ban on transit flights including from India and Pakistan, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said. read more
Dubai state carrier Emirates welcomed the government’s decision to allow travel to resume from the affected countries.
($1 = 3.7501 riyals)
Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel
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