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Egypt: Did you adjust your clocks one hour forward at midnight?

Egyptians will put their clocks forward - from 12:00am to 1:00am - on Thursday night, from standard timing GMT (UTC) + 2

Ahram Online, Friday 16 May 2014
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Egyptians will be adjusting their clocks one hour forward at midnight on Thursday, as authorities have decided to re-apply daylight saving time.

In Egypt, the standard time is GMT (UTC) + 2 and so GMT + 3 during daylight saving time.

The change will be lifted during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, which falls this year in late June.

The Egyptian cabinet's spokesperson Hossam El-Qweish said earlier in May that Egypt was to re-apply daylight saving time starting this month, after a three-year hiatus.

In April 2011, the cabinet headed by then-prime minister Essam Sharaf endorsed a decree cancelling daylight saving time.

Daylight saving time was first adopted in Egypt in 1988 as a way to reduce electricity consumption. The electricity and energy ministry later submitted a study to the cabinet revealing that the change had no impact in this regard.

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