Amongst others, Najran Cement 3002.SE surged 9.9%, extending gains from the previous session when the cement producer proposed a first-half dividend of 0.75 riyal per share.
Dubai's main share index gave up early gains to closed 0.3%. Emirates NBD Bank declined 1.4%, while Aramex retreated 2.3%.
The logistics firm on Wednesday confirmed that a portion of its warehouse facility in Morocco had been damaged in a fire. Any financial impact from the incident will be reflected in the firm's third-quarter financial report.
Arabtec HoldingARTC.DU closed up 0.7%. The loss-making contractor has hired advisory firm AlixPartners to help it restructure the company's debt, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing two sources familiar with the matter.
Arabtec postponed its shareholder meeting which was called to decide whether to continue operating or liquidate and dissolve the firm after the pandemic hit projects and led to additional costs.
The Abu Dhabi index added 0.4%, helped by a 0.9% rise in the United Arab Emirates' largest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank and a 1% gain in Aldar Properties.
In Qatar, the index gained 0.3%, with Qatar Insurance jumping 6.1%.
Outside the Gulf, Egypt's blue-chip index edged down 0.1%, hurt by a 3.4% fall in tobacco monopoly Eastern Company.
(Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru; Editing by Alison Williams) ((AteeqUr.Shariff@thomsonreuters.com; +918061822788;))