Daylight Saving Time returns on 28 April to Egypt: What is it and why again?

Walaa Gebba, Monday 17 Apr 2023

Egypt has brought back Daylight Saving Time (DST), known as Summer Time by Egyptians, during the period between the last Friday of April and the last Thursday of October. Ahram Online answers basic questions on whats and whys



What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time (DST), which is known in Egypt as Summer Time, is the practice of advancing the clock by one hour during the summer months. 

Why is DST back in Egypt?

The Egyptian Cabinet which made this call estimates that Daylight-Saving Time would save 10 percent in electricity consumption.

Which time zone will Egypt be under DST?

Egypt will be in the GMT+3 time zone rather than GMT+2.

What is the history of DST in Egypt?

Egypt applied DST for the first time in 1957.

The government discontuned its application in 1975.

The DST was reapplied between 1982 and 1985.

It made another run - a longer one -  from 1988 to 2011.

It was reintroduced in May 2014 to lower electricity consumption amid electrical power outtages.

Where did Daylight Saving Time come from?

William Willet, a wealthy London builder, was the first to champion Daylight Saving Time in 1907 with the goal of increasing working hours.

Willet lobbyied other businessmen as well as parliament members to adopt Daylight Saving Time.

He proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes forward on Sundays in April and reverse the process on Sundays in September.

Despite Willet's efforts, Daylight Saving Time was not adopted in Britain until World War I.

During World War I, some countries, including Australia, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States, adopted Daylight Saving Time to save on fuel.

Again, during World War II, some nations applied DST for the entire duration of the conflict, also to save on fuel.

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