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Syria Observes Daylight Saving Time 2008

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Published 26-Mar-2008. Changed 7-Oct-2008

Syria will officially observe daylight saving time at the first hour of April 4, 2008, when the clocks turn one hour ahead to 1am. The Cabinet-approved decision resulted from a suggestion from the Ministry of Electricity to begin daylight saving time on April 4, 2008.

Syria Observes Daylight Saving Time 2008

Syria observed daylight saving in 2008 to save energy and utilize the natural sunlight.

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During the daylight saving period, Syria is on Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), which is three hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The nation planned to revert to standard time, also known as Eastern European Time (EET), two hours ahead of UTC, at midnight between September 30 and October 1 in 2008. However, the end date was pushed back, most likely because of Ramadan, and is now set for November 1, 2008. Around that time, the clock will be pushed back by one hour.

Daylight saving time was also officially observed in Syria in 2007. However, Syria extended daylight saving time from October to November that year due to the holy month of Ramadan and Eid.

A Bid to Save Energy

Like many other countries, Syria observes daylight saving time to conserve energy during the summer period. According to Power Engineering International, economic activity in Syria has been increasing and the demand for energy has nearly tripled in the last three decades despite periods of political instability and trade sanctions. Syria faces annual demand for electricity growing at around nine percent. It also must replace much of its oil fired power generation to preserve valuable oil reserves.

Fossil fuel is the mainstay of Syria’s power industry with oil and gas accounting for 86 percent of generation. The remaining 14 percent comes from the country’s hydropower resources mainly on the Euphrates River.

Dates of Daylight Saving Time 1983–2008

These are the dates Daylight Saving Time started and ended in Syria since 1983.

YearStart dateEnd dateDaylight duration
1983Apr 9Oct 125 weeks
1984Apr 9Oct 125 weeks
1986Feb 16Oct 933 weeks and 4 days
1987Mar 1Oct 3134 weeks and 6 days
1988Mar 15Oct 3132 weeks and 6 days
1989Mar 31Oct 126 weeks and 2 days
1990Apr 1Sep 3026 weeks
1991Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
1992Apr 8Oct 125 weeks and 1 day
1993Mar 26Sep 2526 weeks and 1 day
1994Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
1995Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
1996Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
1997Mar 31Oct 126 weeks and 2 days
1998Mar 30Oct 126 weeks and 3 days
1999Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
2000Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
2001Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
2002Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
2003Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
2004Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
2005Apr 1Oct 126 weeks and 1 day
2006Apr 1Sep 2224 weeks and 6 days
2007Mar 30Nov 231 weeks
2008Apr 4Nov 130 weeks and 1 day

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