A $595 million bid to take DAMAC Properties (DAMAC.DU) private by the firm’s founder Hussain Sajwani is the latest blow to the exchange, even as the Gulf city state’s property market showed signs of life in the first quarter. read more Dubai’s stock market is set for another delisting, raising a question mark over the future of one of the Gulf’s major exchanges, which was launched two decades ago. read more However, DAMAC traded flat.
Saudi Arabia’s economy, the largest in the Arab world, shrank 3% in the first quarter this year from a year earlier, hit by oil output cuts. read more The kingdom’s inflation rate rose for the second consecutive month, climbing to 5.7% in May from 5.3% in April, again reflecting a tripling of value-added tax to 15% last year, official data showed on Tuesday. read more
Dubai’s main share index (.DFMGI) lost 0.3%, with Emirates NBD Bank (ENBD.DU) falling 0.4% and logistic firm Aramex (ARMX.DU) shedding 1.5%. Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index (.TASI) fell 0.4%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) losing 0.9%, while Saudi Arabian Mining Company (1211.SE) retreated 1.2%.
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In Qatar, the index (.QSI) was down 0.2%, driven down by a 0.8% fall in Qatar National Bank (QNBK.QA), the Gulf’s biggest bank. The Abu Dhabi index (.ADI) eased 0.2%, hurt by a 0.1% drop in First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB.AD), the country’s largest lender, and a 0.2% decline in telecoms firm Etisalat (ETISALAT.AD).
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