Saudi Arabian stocks closed lower on Wednesday, hit by losses in banking and petrochemical stocks, while the Kuwaiti index outperformed the Gulf region.
Other major Gulf markets were largely muted.
Saudi Electricity declined 3.6% after the company said net loss attributable to common shares for first quarter amounted to 200 million riyals ($53.33 million). Saudi Telecom shed 1.1% as it traded ex-dividend.
Kuwait's premier index rose 1.1% buoyed by shares of Agility Public Warehousing Company, which soared 11.6%, in its third straight day of gains.
Agility has reaped more than 40% since Tuesday last week, when it agreed to sell its logistics unit to DSV Panalpina in an all-share deal worth $4.1 billion.
Dubai's index was up 0.2%, with Dubai Islamic Bank and courier firm Aramex adding 0.9% and 1.5%, respectively.
Dubai's tourism chief on Tuesday said he was very optimistic that business and leisure travellers would return this year, although the pandemic made it difficult to predict exactly how many.
Dubai, a trade and tourism hub which has kept its borders open since reopening last July, saw 1.26 million visitors in the first quarter, while last year the number of visitors slumped 67% to 5.5 million.
The Abu Dhabi index closed flat. Emirates Telecommunications Group shed 0.5%, while Aldar Properties gained 0.6%.
Waha Capital jumped 4.3% after reporting a first-quarter profit of 111 million dirhams ($30.22 million), compared with a loss of 294 million dirhams a year earlier.
Qatar's index was flat. Industries Qatar dropped 0.8% and Qatar Navigation climbed 1.7%.
Outside the Gulf, Egypt's blue-chip index closed 0.5% higher. The country's largest lender Commercial International Bank Egypt increased 2.1%.
($1 = 3.7502 riyals)
(Reporting by Maqsood Alam in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel) ((Maqsood.Alam@thomsonreuters.com;))