Egypt’s official airline EgyptAir announced on Thursday that departing flights will take off an hour later due to daylight saving time.
Starting Friday 16 May, Egypt will switch to summer time by setting clocks one hour forward. The change will be lifted during Ramadan, however.
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.
In Egypt, the standard time is GMT (UTC) + 2 and so GMT + 3 during daylight saving time.