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Egypt Starts DST at Midnight Between April 23–24, 2009


Published 23-Apr-2009

Egypt will start daylight saving time (DST) by moving the clocks one hour forward at midnight (00:00) between Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, in 2009. Egypt will be on Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), where the time is three hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (or UTC +3 hours).

Sunset behind the pyramid of Cheops

Daylight saving time in Egypt means a longer period of sunlight later in the day for people living there.

©iStockphoto.com/Jan Rihak

DST Start Date Confirmed

timeanddate.com contacted official government sources who confirmed that Egypt’s DST start date was scheduled for midnight (00:00) between April 23 and April 24 in 2009. 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.

In the past, daylight saving schedules in Egypt were planned to last for a period between the last Friday of April and the last Thursday of September. However, the dates vary because Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims, is taken into consideration.

DST End Date

Egypt will revert to Eastern European Time (EET), which is UTC +2 hours, when the daylight saving schedule ends in 2009. It is anticipated that Egypt’s DST end date may occur before the Ramadan period, which starts around August 22 in 2009. Therefore it is likely that the schedule will end on midnight (00:00) between Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21, in 2009. timeanddate.com will provide updated information on the DST end date as it becomes available.

Note: It is important to note that regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays such as Ramadan, which was mentioned in this article. 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.

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