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Gulf stocks still down 4 years after crisis: report

KUWAIT CITY--All seven stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf states failed to recover four years after the global financial crisis despite high oil prices, a Kuwaiti economic report said on Sunday.

Although major markets in the West, where the crisis began, have recovered successfully with Dow Jones now 17.8 percent higher than its level four years ago and Germany's DAX up 15.4 percent, Gulf shares remain way behind their levels in August 2008, Al-Shall Economic Consultants said.

The stock market in Dubai, where the crisis hit the economy hard, remains the worst in the Gulf at 67 percent below its level just before the crisis, followed by Bahrain's bourse which shed 60.2 percent, Al-Shall said.

The Kuwait Stock Market, the third largest in the Gulf, remains 60 percent adrift of its August 31, 2008 close, while bourses in Muscat and Abu Dhabi are 41.1 percent and 40.9 percent lower, respectively.

Saudi and Qatar bourses, the first and second largest Arab markets, were the best performers with Saudi Tadawul still down 18.2 percent and Qatar Exchange down 18.0 percent, Al-Shall said.

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