Daylight-saving time returns to Egypt on Friday 28 April

Walaa Gebba, Monday 17 Apr 2023

Egypt's Official Gazette published a presidential decree on Monday announcing that daylight saving time will be implemented yearly from the final Friday of April to the last Thursday of October.

File Photo: Rush hour traffic fills the 6 October bridge over the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt. AP


The government had issued this decree on 1 March, citing the need to rationalise energy and respond to global economic conditions and changes.

This move, which comes after a seven-year hiatus, will result in Egypt’s standard time becoming three hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during the daylight saving time period.

Initially announced in August 2022, the implementation of daylight saving time was postponed until summer 2023 to provide advance notice to international organisations and institutions.

Reintroducing daylight-saving time is expected to relieve pressure on the Egyptian currency by reducing the amount of oil that Egypt imports each year to run its power plants.

The decline in the use of oil should result in a surplus of local products, especially natural gas, that may be exported, hence providing a new resource for US dollars and alleviating pressure on the hard currency.

Daylight saving time has been implemented and repealed multiple times. Initially introduced in 1957 as a power-saving strategy to extend daylight hours, it was discontinued in 1975 before being reintroduced in 1988.

However, it was repealed again in 2011 after the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak. At that time, the government announced that daylight saving time – as a means to rationalise energy – was ineffective.

The system was temporarily implemented in May 2014 to ease consumption, after the country experienced rolling power blackouts.



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