Egypt mulls daylight saving time to tackle energy deficit
Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has commissioned the Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) to carry out an initial study over the implementation of daylight saving time, according to a Cabinet statement Saturday.

Mahlab also called on media outlets to carry out polls and submit the feedback to the IDSC.

In the summer of 2014, Egypt changed its clock four times, first applying daylight saving time on the first Friday of May, then suspending it during Ramadan, then reinstating it at the end of Ramadan, and then cancelling it at the first Friday of October.

Conflicting opinions were cast on Youm7’s e-poll system regarding the time switch.

“Down with the daylight saving time,” said Ahmed Ogila adding that instead of changing the time twice a year, “the government might think of changing the working hours during summer to start from 7a.m. instead of 8 a.m.”

“No need,” said Ahmed Khattab, adding “daylight saving time extends hours during the day which makes people tired and not having enough sleep at night.”

After being in effect since 1988 until the January 25 Revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt’s interim Cabinet headed by Esam Sharaf cancelled daylight saving time after a poll posted on its website showed that 80 percent of participants approved the decision.

Yehia al-Okele suggested “the clock go forward only 30 minutes on 1 May before going back 30 minutes in October.”

Although daylight saving time is believed to reduce electricity consumption, the Electricity Ministry had submitted a study to the Cabinet in 2014 showing that the switch had no impact.

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