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Abu Dhabi's Aldar Properties drags down the emirate's index after Moody's cut its credit rating by two notches and Kuwait slips in muted trade. The developer falls 3.7 percent.

Abu Dhabi's benchmark retreats 0.6 percent to 2,717 points, down for a third session since Sunday's near eight-month high. Volumes dip to a two-week low, showing a lack of investor interest after index compiler delayed its verdict on upgrade for United Arab Emirates and Qatar markets. 

Dubai's index slips 0.8 percent to 1,537 points, extending declines for a second session after the MSCI announcement on Wednesday.

Most stocks are down, with only three gainers. Bellwether Emaar Properties slips 1.3 percent, Dubai Financial Market falls 3.3 percent and Arabtec slides 3.1 percent.

Elsewhere, Kuwait's benchmark slips 0.2 percent to 6,264 points, down in past four in six sessions. Gulf Finance House weighs with a 2.9 percent drop.

Thin volumes drag the index, as many investors are absent from the market.

"It's the usual summer doldrums, most people are away on holiday - that's affecting low turnover in the market," says Shahid Hameed, Global Investment House head of asset management for the Gulf region. "There is very limited activity and no news flow as such to excite anybody."


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