The history of daylight saving time in
Egypt is complicated. It was
cancelled in both 2015 and 2016, after having been abolished and
reinstated several times.
2 Dates and times
3 See also
The British first instituted summer time in
Egypt in 1940, during the
Second World War. The practice was stopped after 1945, but resumed 12
years later, in 1957.
Before the revolution in January 2011, the government was planning to
take a decision to abolish summer time in 2011 before President Hosni
Mubarak's term expires in September 2011. The transitional government
did so on 20 April 2011.
Under the pretext that daylight saving time would save energy, the
Egyptian government decided on 7 May 2014 to reinstate summer time
with an exception for the holy month of Ramadan. In April the next
year, a poll was held on whether to apply summer time or not.
Following the results, the government decided on 20 April to
temporarily cancel summer time, to make the necessary amendment to the
laws and asked the ministers to work on a study to determine the
probability of applying DST in coming years or not. The ministry of
electricity assured that the achieved electricity savings from
applying summer time is not of any tangible effect.
Summer time was
expected to return in 2016, starting on July 8 (after Ramadan), but on
July 5, it was decided to again cancel it.
Dates and times
Egypt observes summer time between the last Friday in April
and the last Thursday in September. The clocks are changed from UTC+2
to UTC+3. The change occurs one second after 23:59:59 on Thursday to
become 1:00:00 on the last Friday in April shortening the day to 23
Summer time ends one second after 23:59:59 to become 23:00:00
on the last Thursday of September lengthening the day to 25 hours. The
date does not change one second after the first 23:59:59 occurred; for
all practical purposes, midnight does not occur until after the second
The lunar calendar used by Islam is about eleven days shorter than the
solar year, so its months shift every year relative to the seasons. To
avoid having longer days during the holy month of fasting, Ramadan,
exceptions have been made to the DST schedule when the two overlap.
Starting in 2006, the end of summer time has taken place on the
Thursday before the start of Ramadan. This continued until 2010, when
Ramadan was completely inside "summer". Since then, summer time has
effectively been split into two periods: one before Ramadan, and one
Egypt Standard Time
Climate of Egypt
hot desert climate
^ a b Taylor, Adam (July 6, 2016). "
Egypt canceled daylight saving
time three days before it was due to start". The Washington
Egypt to cancel daylight saving time".
^ "Daylight saving to be applied in
Egypt starting Friday".
^ "No daylight saving this summer: Egypt's prime minister".
^ "Council of Ministers Postpones Using Summer Time This Year".
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