CAIRO: Egypt’s Daylight Saving Time (DST) will be restored in Egypt starting Thursday midnight after it was suspended on the advent of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Starting at 11:59 pm local time on Thursday, the clock will go an hour forward.
DST was applied in May 16 but in June 28, it was suspended during Ramadan to shorten the fasting period.
Professor of Petroleum and Mining at Azhar University Mohamed Reda criticized the suspension of the DST saying it was not issued by specialists and “will confuse workers, factories, and train flow,” in comments to The Cairo Post.
“The decision will not reduce power consumption in factories since workers are assigned to work about eight hours per shift anyway,” Reda said.
DST was first applied in Egypt in 1988 in order to alleviate the energy crisis.
In 20 April 2011 following the January 25 Revolution, the then interim cabinet decided to cancel the DST following a study, submitted by the electricity and energy ministry, which revealed that implementing daylight saving time had no impact in this regard, according to Al-Ahram.
The 2011 decision to cancel the DST was also based on a poll posted on the Cabinet’s website which showed that the majority of Egyptians would approve the cancellation, according to Al-Ahram.
Egypt’s standard time is GMT (UTC) +2 while DST Time is GMT+3.