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Sisi cancels daylight saving time in Egypt

Public polls show that moving the clocks forward during summer is unpopular

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Apr 2015
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President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo:AP)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decision to officially abandon summer daylight saving time, which has for years seen clocks put forward one hour in the summer, his office said Thursday.

The decision came three days after the cabinet approved scrapping the system this year, following a public poll that showed a majority did not support applying daylight saving time in Egypt.

“The decision was made in response to the majority of citizens who have been polled in this regard,” presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said, as quoted by state news agency MENA.

First implemented in Egypt in 1988, daylight saving time 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 saying at the time the practice was ineffective in curbing power usage after polling the public.

Moving clocks forward each summer was revived in May 2014 in order to ease rolling power blackouts.

In the summer of that year, Egypt changed the clock four times, first applying daylight saving time, and then suspending it during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to shorten the daily dawn-to-dusk fast.

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

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volatile metal
13-06-2015 03:40pm
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HEAR WHAT MOST PEOPLE THINK OF DST
I want to report to the government that DST is very important and it has to be done yearly no matter what they think of it because they do not know how much important it is, plus it is illegal to change it in Ramadan that will be called a cheating, I faithfully need that DST because it is really essential.
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volatile metal
13-06-2015 03:33pm
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YOU DO NOT CARE AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!
It is unfair to cancel the DST because it is very helpful and we do not care about the majority of people who do agree with that or not, it is an essential and obligatory thing that has to be done every year but most of the people do not even think in a right way!!
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Adam
26-04-2015 10:14am
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Noise-Cancelling Measures Please
Since we have daylight saving measures although scrapped now but the country should look into niose-cancelling measures like removing car horns altogether perhaps or banning them during the evening.
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khan
25-04-2015 11:27am
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dos not looking nice
sisi dos not matching with Egypt presidency because he come by force and ruling by force are by isreal and by usa he buying all judgs by usa dollar
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Dave
25-04-2015 07:49am
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No for Saving Energy
It's amazing to vote against all developed and rich nations use of daylight saving time, for a country suffers from severe energy shortage like Egypt.
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Neo
25-04-2015 05:32pm
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Dave, it doesn’t save energy
Many studies challenge the notion that daylight saving actually save money. It did in the past when lighting oils were used, not modern energy sources. I encourage you to do the research before you blast Egypt. Here is a link … “Daylight Saving Time May Cost America $434 Million from Lost Sleep, Index Shows”
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Sherif Shehata
24-04-2015 10:58pm
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Vision
The message is clear, save daylight + Sunlight + Moonlight = Solar power. Don't cry for me Egypt I am still your Son. God save Egypt.
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Arabesque
24-04-2015 08:09pm
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Chronic Idleness
When will the government stop pandering to public desires, which harms both the state & the people thesmselves! The decision was made only to appease people who care neither about working early nor saving ($ billions worth of) energy. The current weak-handed government is afraid to offend anyone at home or abroad alike: it is scapegoating civil societies & secularits to appease the Islamists and their Gulf funders & Western backers.
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expat
24-04-2015 01:32pm
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daylight saving time never made sense....
what you might save in the evening,you waste,when waking up earlier in the morning.... and in egypt,with the double change including rhamadan, it was always only a noisance good decision, IF anybody wants to benefit in egypt from daylight,he should use solar energy instead
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Aladdin, Alex
24-04-2015 11:59am
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Saving ower
In California, USA, they save 20 megawatts per year by using Summer, day light.
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Neo
24-04-2015 01:24pm
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Apple and Oranges
We have nothing in common with CA. They get up 5 am to work, tenth of the unemployment rate, massive agriculture industry. Most of our youth sleeps till mid-day either for no job, or poor education … Day light saving doesn’t make any sense in Egypt
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