Middle East & North Africa DST roundup
The Daylight Saving Time (DST) switch dates and times for countries in the Middle East and North Africa have now been announced. Most countries and territories in the region that apply seasonal time change will advance their clocks by one hour between March 28 and March 31, 2014.
Many areas switch on March 28
Clocks in the Palestinian territories, Jordan, and Syria will be advanced by one hour from midnight between Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28, 2014 to 1:00 a.m. (01:00) local time. Affected cities include:
In 2013, Jordan had reversed its decision to stay on DST year-round.
Lebanon & Morocco: March 30
Moroccans will advance their clocks on Sunday, March 30, when they spring forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. (02:00) local time. As in past years, Morocco is expected to suspend DST during the month of Ramadan. The precise dates and times have not yet been announced.
Turkey springs forward on March 31
Turkey was initially scheduled to begin observing DST on March 30, together with most European countries. However, the switch was delayed by one day this year because of local elections. Clocks there will now be advanced by one hour from 3:00 a.m. (03:00) to 4:00 a.m. (04:00) local time on Monday, March 31, 2014.
Libya & Iran are already on DST
Countries without DST
The following Middle Eastern and North African countries do not observe DST:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- Russian State Duma votes to abandon permanent summer time
- Egypt and Morocco suspend DST for Ramadan
- Egypt re-introduces Daylight Saving Time
- GMT obsolete as prime meridian moves to Paris
- Australia & New Zealand end DST on April 6, 2014
More about Daylight Saving Time
- Time Zone News
- Daylight Saving Time
- List of countries that observe Daylight Saving Time in 2014
- Time Zone Abbreviations