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Egypt cancels daylight saving time

No summer time for Egypt as clocks stay put

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Apr 2011
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The Egyptian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, has endorsed a decree law canceling daylight saving time. Clocks would have gone ahead one hour from the last Friday of April.

Daylight saving time was first adopted in 1988 as a way to reduce electricity consumption. The ministry of electricity and energy has submitted a study to the Cabinet revealing that implementing daylight saving time has no impact in this regard.  

In Egypt the standard time is GMT (UTC) + 2 and during the Daylight Saving Time, Egypt is GMT + 3. The DST had started at midnight on the last Thursday of April and ends on the last Thursday of September.

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Muhammad Javed Sheikh
22-11-2012 06:23pm
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Cancellation of DST- A right decision
I am serving as a lecturer in the Department of Rural Sociology, Sindh Agriculture Univeristy, Tandojam, Pakistan. I conducted a research on the effect of DST on sleeping and electricity in Pakistan in 2009. I found in my research that DST is no more useful in my locality whereby the timings may be adjusted locally by the institutions. The whole nation should not be affected by taking the such measures. Therefore, to me, the government has taken a right decision to withdraw from the DST. My research is available on http://www.uog.edu.pk/index.php/abstracts-volume-1-2009 to review. Regards! Muhammad Javed Sheikh PhD student (Community Development) University Putra Malaysia
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MJ
29-04-2011 11:35pm
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Egypt is going downward!
This is not secret..Egypt is going down! In aspects of life, they are getting lower & lower! Now they are manipulating things used to be defaults for common people. Sadly, it will soon turn into another terrorism black hole! But all the concerns going for good peaceful Copts & moderate muslims who cannot bear living a downgrading life dragging them to the 7th. century!
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Bob Rob
29-04-2011 03:35pm
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Cheating God with the Sun
This may be a mute issue for some or even most, but the time in Egypt (as in the national clock) needs serious help...it feels out of whack with the rest of the world. The call to prayer is about 4am and the sun comes up at 5am. Egyptians are nocturnal people so the call to prayer and sunrise is about mid-sleep for them. This doesn't make sense. The sun is up almost 2 hours after we awake and this seems like part of the day is already gone. There will be no day light savings this year...there was day light savings last year; in fact twice to accommodate for the holy month of Ramadan...this seemed like cheating to me...to change the clock so that sunset occurs earlier. Some of my students sleep all day the wake up an hour or two before sunset...this is definitely trying to pull one over on Allah. Hey, the rules say "nothing can touch the mouth during the sun light hours" so technically they are fasting while sleeping. I'm sure several Muslims would move south of the equator durin
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VLCCairo
22-04-2011 04:16pm
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Daylight savings time
Daylight savings time is not universal. Even in the U.S. it is not in all states. Google it and you will find that it has been controversial from its inception. For Egypt, Ramadan is in the summer this year as last year. DST makes it very difficult, particularly in the heat, to fast with no water late into the evening.
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Christine
21-04-2011 01:38pm
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Getting as Stupid as Iran once Got
This is really stupid. Who wrote this report. Even to a non-expert it is clear that it is a bad idea on so many different levels. I wish they would study things a bit more carefully before making such decissions!
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Alvin J Furrer
21-04-2011 06:30am
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Daylight saving time cancelled
Brilliant idea ! What a genius ! In June the sun will be up well before 5 a.m. and set before 7 p.m. !! All this talk about saving energy and the environment and then they do something daft like this ! Lights on in the summer before 7 p.m. ?? What a waste !! Very bad also for tourism - tourists want longer evenings - they do not need to get up at 6 a.m. to go to the beach and then leave the beach at 6 p.m. !! This will even cause more tourists to skip Egypt and to head for the "sunnier" climates... i.e. those where the sun sets at 8 p.m. !!
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Alvin J Furrer
20-04-2011 11:05pm
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Daylight saving time cancelled
Brilliant idea ! What a genius ! In June the sun will be up well before 5 a.m. and set before 7 p.m. !! All this talk about saving energy and the environment and then they do something daft like this ! Lights on in the summer before 7 p.m. ?? What a waste !! Very bad also for tourism - tourists want longer evenings - they do not need to get up at 6 a.m. to go to the beach and then leave the beach at 6 p.m. !! This will even cause more tourists to skip Egypt and to head for the "sunnier" climates... i.e. those where the sun sets at 8 p.m. !!
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Alvin J Furrer
20-04-2011 08:27pm
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Daylight saving time cancelled
Brilliant idea ! What a genius ! In June the sun will be up well before 5 a.m. and set before 7 p.m. !! All this talk about saving energy and the environment and then they do something daft like this ! Lights on in the summer before 7 p.m. ?? What a waste !! Very bad also for tourism - tourists want longer evenings - they do not need to get up at 6 a.m. to go to the beach and then leave the beach at 6 p.m. !! This will even cause more tourists to skip Egypt and to head for the "sunnier" climates... i.e. those where the sun sets at 8 p.m. !!
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