* Saudi petchems drop after oil price tumble
* Al Tayyar Travel hit by weak Q4 but ends well off low
* Other Gulf bourses react less strongly to global market swings
* Dubai’s Emaar drops after company clarifies 2017 profit
* Qatar’s Barwa Real Estate surges on annual profit rise
By Andrew Torchia
DUBAI, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Major Middle Eastern stock markets were mostly lower on Sunday with petrochemical shares dragging down Saudi Arabia, but Qatar’s bourse climbed on the back of determined buying by local institutional investors.
The Saudi index fell 1.0 percent as 12 of 14 petrochemical producers slid, after Brent oil, which two weeks ago was trading around $70 a barrel, fell more than 3 percent on Friday to $62.79, its lowest since late December.
Al Tayyar Travel closed 1.7 percent lower after tumbling 8 percent at one stage. It reported annual net profit shrank to 497 million riyals ($132.5 million) from 814 million riyals; fourth-quarter profit was 17 million riyals, far below NCB Capital’s prediction of 113 million riyals for the quarter.
Al Rajhi Bank edged up 0.2 percent, however, after Saudi Arabia’s second-largest lender by assets reported a 19.8 percent rise in its fourth-quarter net profit, broadly in line with analysts’ forecasts.
Other Gulf bourses reacted less strongly to the turmoil in global equity and oil markets at the end of last week, and Dubai’s index closed only 0.2 percent lower.
Emaar Properties fell 1.2 percent after the company said it made a net profit of $1.55 billion in 2017; last week, Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar said it made $1.8 billion, but the company clarified that his figure was before depreciation. Emaar is expected to formally release annual earnings in coming days.
Abu Dhabi’s index fell 0.3 percent but Abu Dhabi National Energy Co surged 3.5 percent, continuing to gain after its announcement on Thursday that it swung into the black last year.
Qatar outperformed the rest of the region by a large margin, rising 1.7 percent in active trade. Exchange data showed that while foreign investors were net sellers of stocks, Qatari institutions were net buyers by a ratio of more than two to one in value terms.
Barwa Real Estate climbed 3.8 percent. It reported a rise in annual net profit to 1.71 billion riyals ($470 million) from 1.61 billion riyals and kept its dividend unchanged, despite a slump in Qatar’s real estate market; in the first nine months of last year, profit had dropped.
* Index fell 1.0 percent to 7,327 points.
* Index slipped 0.2 percent to 3,321 points.
* Index fell 0.3 percent to 4,584 points.
* Index rose 1.7 percent to 9,045 points.
* Index fell 0.6 percent to 14,828 points.
* Index fell 0.2 percent to 6,640 points.
* Index edged up 0.04 percent to 1,334 points.
* Index dropped 0.3 percent to 4,994 points. (Editing by Andrew Heavens)