However, Al Rajhi Bank declined 2.4% as the stock traded ex-dividend.
In Egypt, the index dipped 0.8%, with Commercial International Bank (COMI) declining 1.1%.
Exchange data on Thursday showed non-Arab foreigners were net sellers of Egyptian stocks.
The market has been on the back foot in the last two sessions after a Reuters poll showed that Egypt's economic growth was expected to slow to 5.5% in the fiscal year that began this month, below the government's target.
The Qatar index advanced 0.8%, driven by conglomerate Industries Qatar, which rose 2.5%, while Qatar National Bank , the Gulf's largest lender, was up 0.8%.
Abu Dhabi's index added 0.6%, an eighth-day of gains on the back of its banking and telecom shares.
First Abu Dhabi Bank rose 0.5%. The largest lender in the UAE has mostly traded higher after reporting last week a rise in second-quarter profit and proposing to remove a limit on foreign ownership of its shares.
Emirates Telecommunications Group rose 0.6%. The telecoms operator on Tuesday posted a slightly higher second quarter profit.
Dana Gas added a further 3.8% and Eshraq Investments, which is also considering doing away with a foreign ownership limit on its shares, climbed 3.3%, its third consecutive gain.
In Dubai, the index snapped a three-days winning streak and closed down 0.2%, as financial and telecom sectors slipped.
Emirates NBD shed 0.9%, while Emirates Integrated Telecommunications, where an 8.9% year-on-year decline in mobile subscribers for the second-quarter led to a drop in revenue, fell 1.8%.
Dubai Islamic Bank shed 0.2%. On Wednesday, research firm Fitch said UAE Islamic banks' asset-quality metrics would remain under pressure, particularly for those with weaker, younger franchises, in 2019.
But real estate stocks were up, with Emaar Properties continuing to benefit from signing a project agreement in China. The developer traded 0.4% higher in its fourth straight session of gains.
($1 = 3.7503 riyals)
(Reporting by Ateeq Shariff and Maqsood Alam in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Potter) ((AteeqUr.Shariff@thomsonreuters.com; +918067497129;))