MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent to its highest since July 2015, underpinned by an ongoing rally on Wall Street. Brent futures barely moved from their previous settlement, trading at $55.73 a barrel at 0516 GMT.
Dubai's index, which was one of the most favoured destinations by regional funds according to a poll conducted by Reuters last month, looks set to end the week with about 1 percent losses.
"This was not a good week for companies, especially not for the construction ones," said a Dubai-based trader.
On Wednesday, Cairo's index, last at 12,448.35 points, confirmed a break below technical support at its early February low of 12,578 points. This triggered a double top formed by the highs of January and February and pointing down to about 11,500 points.
(Reporting by Celine Aswad; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath) ((firstname.lastname@example.org)(+9715 62247653)(Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))
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