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


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares sluggish as global growth concerns return 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Lender FAB hurts Abu Dhabi, Qatar nears five-month low

* PRECIOUS-Gold steadies on growth worries, dull equities; ECB meeting eyed 

* Oil edges up on OPEC cuts, U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Iran

* Qatar sells triple-tranche jumbo bond to raise $12 billion 

* Dana Gas, Crescent sign 20-year gas sales deal with Iraq's KRG

* Oman's fiscal challenges prompt Moody's debt downgrade 

* Debts pile up as rival Libyan governments struggle for power 

* Turkish cenbank keeps rates unchanged, says will keep tight policy

* Hundreds of IS fighters captured and surrendered in eastern Syria 



* Egypt aims to procure 3.6 mln tonnes of wheat this harvest season 

* Egypt's GASC says buys 42,000 tonnes of soyoil in tender 

* Foreign holdings in Egyptian treasuries at $15.8 bln -finance minister 



* U.S. senators say Saudi crown prince has gone 'full gangster' 

* Saudi Aramco seeks to overhaul engines, fuel amid EV hype

* Germany extending Saudi arms freeze to end-March - foreign minister 

* Saudi sees up to $21 billion investment in 2019 housing sector


* UAE approves 5.8 billion dirhams for water and energy projects in northern areas -vice president tweets 

* Dubai developer Nakheel's Q4 profit falls 69 percent 



* Qatar Airways to report second consecutive full year loss -CEO 

* EU and Qatar to have complete open skies by 2024 -Qatar Airways CEO

*Qatar National Bank closes 2 billion euro loan with high subscription 



* Kuwait's Commercial Real Estate Q4 Profit Rises 



* Motor racing-Rights groups criticise Formula One over Bahrain stance 

* IMF expects Bahrain economy to grow 1.8 pct in 2019 

* National Bank Of Bahrain To Ramp Up Operations In UAE And Saudi 


(Reporting By Dubai Newsroom) ((