DUBAI - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hit record, Nikkei restrained by risk of Tokyo virus curbs  

* Oil prices slip after OPEC warns of downside risks to demand in first-half 2021  

* MIDEAST STOCKS-UAE stocks gain, Saudi slips on first trading day of 2021  

* PRECIOUS-Gold scales 8-week high as tighter lockdown measures loom  



* Egypt's Suez Canal annual revenues decline 3% in 2020 to $5.61 bln 

* Egyptian Iron And Steel Says Land Plots Evaluated For About EGP 1.24 Bln 



* Saudi Exchange Says Foreigners Sell A Net 564.5 Mln Riyals Of Stocks In Dec 



* UAE's SNOC announces start of gas production at Mahani field in Sharjah 



* Kuwait suspends direct commercial flights to and from UK as of Wednesday

* Zain Group Fintech Unit Tamam Licensed By SAMA To Provide Micro-Financing Services 



* Qatar's Mazaya Real Estate Development Signs Agreement To Acquire 4 Residential Buildings 




* Salalah Beach Resort Says Hotel Re-Opened For Operations From Dec 30 

* Oman expects public debt to top $56 billion by end-2021 

* Oman's Salalah Mills Board Proposes 20 Baiza/Share FY Dividend 


(Compiled by Dubai newsroom) ((