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Egyptians baffled as digital clocks change time despite abolishment of DST

The country is still two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Jul 2016
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Some early-rising Egyptians woke up on Friday to find their mobile phone's clocks shifted one hour early despite the cabinet's decision last week to abolish daylight savings time (DST) once and for all.

Those who noticed the time changed in their electronic devices took to social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook to express their confusion or alert others unaware of their phone’s automatic time change.

As Friday is the start of the Egyptian weekend, thus those sleeping-in are likely not to immediately notice the time change.

First implemented in the country in 1988, the system was introduced as a power-saving measure prolonging daylight hours.

It was abolished in April 2011 after the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, with the government arguing at the time that the practice was ineffective at curbing power usage.

The system was temporarily revived in May 2014 in order to ease consumption after the country saw rolling power blackouts.

Egypt is normally two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) — meaning it was three hours ahead when daylight savings time was applied.

Last week, the chairman of EgyptAir said the flag carrier could lose up to $2 million if parliament votes for cancelling daylight saving time, yet stressed the airline "would deal flexibly" with any decision it reaches.

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Graeme Brittenden
09-07-2016 07:06am
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What's happening in OZ
There is a move afoot in Australia to move Eastern Standard Time forward - PERMANENTLY - by 30 minutes and discontinue DST on the eastern seaboard. It is saving nothing - if the artificial lighting is not turned on the air-conditioners are! As a Reuters writer once reported in the USA, 'DST is the greatest ongoing FRAUD that has ever been perpetrated upon the American population'.
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patkar
08-07-2016 02:47pm
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ridiculous
this is what they are ( those who made the decision ) not only they waited till two weeks ahead and then cancelled. Irresponsible when you realize the damage they caused : computers, safes, operating schedules etc. call it off once and for all and stop contributing to a bad image of your country and financial losses you don't need now.
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Mr. Peter
08-07-2016 02:32pm
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Mind games
Let's really hope this is the end of the debacle for ever.
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