Most major stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Tuesday, with the United Arab Emirates market changing its course after opening in the red a day after an attack on Abu Dhabi.

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group attacked the UAE on Monday in what it said was an operation using missiles and drones, setting off explosions in fuel trucks that killed three people and causing a fire near the airport of Abu Dhabi, capital of the region's commercial and tourism hub. 

The Abu Dhabi index added 0.2%, reversing early losses of 0.1%.

Dubai's main share index, which opened 0.4% lower, gained 0.3%, helped by a 1.2% rise in top lender Emirates NBD.

Budget airliner Air Arabia was flat, after falling as much as 2.1%. 

UAE oil firm ADNOC said it had activated business continuity plans to ensure uninterrupted supply of products to its local and international customers after the incident at its Mussafah fuel depot. 

Saudi Arabia's benchmark index edged up 0.1%, holding steady at its highest in over 15 years, supported by 0.7% rise in SABIC Agri-Nutrients.

Aldrees Petroleum and Transport Services Company advanced 2.5% after reporting a sharp rise in quarterly profit. The petroleum and commodity transporter also proposed an annual dividend of 1.5 riyals per share. 

Crude prices, a key catalyst for the Gulf's financial markets, rose more than $1 to a more than seven-year high on worries about the attack. 

The Qatari index eased 0.1%, hit by a 0.5% fall in Masraf Al Rayan.


(Reporting by Maqsood Alam and Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich) ((; +918061822788;))