CAIRO: Daylight saving time will be temporarily suspended starting from next Thursday midnight on the advent of the month of Ramadan, Egypt’s Cabinet announced Thursday on its Facebook account.
Daylight saving time will be resumed following the end of the month, which will begin on June 29, according to the statement.
The daylight saving time was re-applied in Egypt starting May 15 to reduce electricity consumption, after it was cancelled by a decree law issued in April 2011 under former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.
Egypt has witnessed frequent power outages in several governorates that can last for hours due to the fuel shortages and an overloaded power grid.
The decision to re-apply daylight saving time prompted criticism by experts and activists, who claimed its inefficiency.
Professor of Petroleum and Mining at Azhar University Mohamed Reda told The Cairo Post in May that the decision was not issued by specialists and “will confuse workers, factories, and train flow.”
“The decision will not reduce power consumption at factories since workers are assigned to work about eight hours per shift anyway,” Reda said.