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Morocco’s Daylight Saving Ends Earlier than Expected

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Published 27-Aug-2008

Morocco will end its daylight saving time earlier than expected in 2008 after it ran the schedule for the first time since the late 1970s. The Ministry for the Modernization of the Public Sectors recently announced that the country would return to its official standard time (UTC+0) by reverting the clock one hour back at midnight between August 31 and September 1 in 2008.

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Morocco will see less evening sunlight when it shortens its daylight saving schedule in 2008.

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The original end date for daylight saving time in Morocco was at midnight between September 27 and September 28 in 2008. However, this date was changed recently and is now about 27 days ahead of its original daylight saving schedule. The daylight saving schedule also applies to parts of the Western Sahara that are controlled by Morocco.

In the meantime, air carriers in Morocco will maintain the daylight saving schedule for all flights to and from the country until September 27, 2008.

Energy Saving Measure?

Morocco decided to trial daylight saving time when it moved the clock one hour forward (UTC+1) at midnight between May 31 and June 1 in 2008. The daylight saving schedule was supposed to end in late September that same year. However, the many individuals and business groups were surprised when a decision was suddenly made to end the daylight saving date nearly a month ahead of schedule. Traders are still struggling to understand the suddenness of this change of plans.

The country’s government planned to use the daylight saving measure to minimize energy costs and to align itself timewise with neighboring European countries who observe daylight saving time. Organizations such as the National Office of Electricity (ONE) showed their willingness to try the daylight saving schedule in hope that the energy-saving schedule would prove to be economically viable for the country. Moreover, it was hoped that tourism would expand as a result of more daylight hours in the summer afternoons due to the schedule, bringing in a boost to businesses within the tourism industry.

It was planned that the 2008 daylight saving trial would be reviewed for a decision to use the schedule in future years. If its disadvantages outweigh its benefits, daylight saving time may be abolished. However, if it proves to be successful, daylight saving time may be used again.

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