Profit-taking weighed on Abu Dhabi.
Arabtec finished 12.12 per cent higher after shedding more than 41 per cent this year and Union properties closed 3.13 per cent higher.
The index rose 0.25 per cent to 1,492 points.
In Abu Dhabi, the benchmark fell 0.35 percent to 2,201 points as National Bank of Abu Dhabi slipped 0.25 per cent.
Aldar Properties gained 0.90 percent.