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Egypt to hold national opinion poll on daylight saving time

The cabinet previously announced that clocks would go forward one hour starting on 1 May

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Apr 2015
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Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's prime minister on Saturday ordered a governmental think-tank to hold a national opinion poll to ask citizens whether or not they support daylight saving time.

Along with asking the Cabinet's Information and Decision support Center (IDSC) to conduct the survey, Mahlab also called on the media to hold polls.

The cabinet previously announced that clocks would go forward one hour starting on 1 May, but it is not clear if this decision has been suspended until poll results are announced.

Egypt first adopted daylight saving time in 1988 as a way to reduce electricity consumption, but in April 2011 the cabinet endorsed a decree to cancel changing clocks in summer.

The practice returned in May 2014, after fuel shortages led to electricity cuts nationwide.

In the summer of 2014, Egypt changed the clock four times, first applying daylight saving time, and then suspending it during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to shorten fasting hours from dawn till dusk.

Standard time in Egypt is GMT + 2, and GMT + 3 during daylight saving time.

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Sherif
14-04-2015 01:04pm
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Daylight savings is BAD. Please don't do it
Daylight savings time doesn't do any savings. Egyptians simply stay up late. The governmnet already knows that. Daylight savings time has many bilogical drawbacks. It messes up our brains; to add insult to injury, we have to change it 4 times during summer.. on, then off [Ramadan] then on again then off Enough playing around already. Please!
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Neo
12-04-2015 08:38am
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More pressing issue
The daylight saving was invented by the Americans long ago to save lighting cost. In this day and age it is useless and disruptive. No point of keeping it, especially in Egypt where blackouts and brownouts are more prevailing! Let’s use the referendum for a more pressing national issue, which affect people life like “do we go to a religious war with Saudi of not”
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Farid
12-04-2015 06:56am
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Let's vote here
Who wants to cancel time saving, green thumb up. Who wants to keep it, red thumb down. On side note, for thousands of years humans manage to survive without time saving. Electronic system for street lamps can be adjusted.
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Alvin
12-04-2015 06:55am
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Keep day-light saving time all year round !
The best solution is to keep daylight saving ( i.e. GMT + 3 ), all year round ! In winter it really gets dark far too early in the late afternoons.
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Khalid,
12-04-2015 06:04am
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Just Do it
It is the technocrats job to do it. In USA we save hundreds of megawatts. Just do it please.
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ToBeOrNotToBe
12-04-2015 03:53am
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common sense please!
"In the summer of 2014, Egypt changed the clock four times" an that was just stupid. I wish for the common sense to win this time. Or you have summer time or you don't, but changing the time 4 times in just a couple of months is a nightmare.
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