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MIDEAST STOCKS Abu Dhabi leads most major Gulf markets higher in early trade

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May 9 (Reuters) - Most major Gulf stock markets rose in early trade on Sunday, with aquaculture firm International Holding continuing to support the Abu Dhabi index.

The index (.ADI) increased 0.7%, with First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB.AD), the country's largest lender, rising 0.7%, whereas International Holding (IHC.AD) climbed over 1%, on track to extend gains for a fourth consecutive session.

International Holding posted 1.5 billion dirhams ($408.4 million) of profit in the first quarter compared with 112.2 million dirhams a year earlier.

The company's board also approved acquiring stake in four companies through its units.

Elsewhere, telecoms firm Etisalat (ETISALAT.AD) was up 0.5%.

The Abu Dhabi-based telecoms operator Etisalat is set to raise 1 billion euros ($1.22 billion) in dual-tranche bonds on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing a document from one of the banks leading the deal.

Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) added 0.3%, with Jabal Omar Development (4250.SE), one of Saudi Arabia's largest listed property developers, rebounding over 3%.

In the previous session, the developer retreated following a news report saying that the kingdom is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual haj for the second year running as COVID-19 cases rise globally and worries grow about the emergence of new variants. read more

In Dubai, the main share index (.DFMGI) rose 0.7%, buoyed by

gains in property shares. Emaar Properties (EMAR.DU), Dubai's biggest developer, advanced 1.8%, while its shopping centre unit Emaar Malls (EMAA.DU) traded 2.6% higher.

Dubai's tourism chief last week said he was very optimistic business and leisure travellers would return this year, though the pandemic made it difficult to predict exactly how many. read more

In Qatar, the benchmark (.QSI) eased 0.1%, hit by a 0.8% fall in petrochemical firm Industries Qatar (IQCD.QA).

($1 = 0.8222 euros)

($1 = 3.6728 UAE dirham)

Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru

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