Cabinet suspends daylight saving time for 2015

CAIRO: The Cabinet announced the suspension of the daylight saving system this year, ruling instead to form a committee of ministers to study the benefits of the time switch, Youm 7 reported Monday.

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 canceling it finally on the first Friday of October.

Last week, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab commissioned the Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) to also carry out an initial study over the implementation of the system and asked media outlets to perform polls and submit the feedback to the IDSC.

The purpose of implementing the system along the previous years was saving electricity; Cairo’s summers often are plagued by rolling blackouts as overloaded grids struggle to meet peak demands for energy.

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  1. anonymous
    April 24, 2015 at 1:45 am

    A study well before the scheduled time change would have been better. The confusion caused by late decisions could create a negative perception of Egyptian efficiency in the international community.

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