Egypt’s daylight saving time (DST) arrangement for 2009 will end at midnight (00:00) between Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21, 2009. The schedule’s end date occurs before Ramadan begins in 2009. Clocks across the country will move one hour back to Eastern European Time (EET), which is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (or UTC+2 hours).
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Confirmed End Date
timeanddate.com recently contacted the Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center regarding the DST end date for 2009. A spokesperson from the center confirmed that the clocks in Egypt would move one hour back at midnight (00:00) between Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21, 2009.
The DST end date occurs before Ramadan starts, which is on August 22 in 2009. Many Muslims worldwide welcome Ramadan as period of fasting, self-evaluation and spiritual growth. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.
Egypt’s Time Zone and DST
Egypt is on EET, which is UTC +2 hours, when it is not on DST. During the daylight saving period, Egypt is on Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), where the time is three hours ahead of UTC (or UTC +3 hours). The DST schedule for 2009 started at midnight (00:00) between April 23 and April 24, when the clocks moved forward by one hour. The daylight saving schedule aims to preserve energy and cut down on electricity usage by providing more hours of sunlight in the late afternoons and early evenings.
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.