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Iraq Dumps Daylight Saving Time in 2008


Published 10-Mar-2008

For the first time in many years Iraq will not observe daylight saving time, which usually falls on April 1 each year. The decision to cancel daylight saving time in 2008 was made at a meeting for Iraq's Council of Ministers recently.

Iraq Dumps Daylight Saving Time in 2008

Iraq turned the switch off DST in 2008.

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A Change of Times

For some citizens, the abolition of daylight saving time marks another change that comes with the political changes over the past few years.  However, there are also claims that there is no relationship between the daylight saving cancellation and governmental changes, as the decision was a matter of science.

According to Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq), a spokesperson from the Prime Minister's office said the Kurdistan Regional Government stood in conformity with the Iraqi government's decision to abolish daylight saving time.  A spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government confirmed that its  decision to cancel daylight saving time coincided with the Iraqi government's choice on that matter.

The Iraqi government's decision to abolish daylight saving time aimed to increase energy efficiency through means such as minimizing airconditioning usage. The cancellation of daylight saving time shortens periods of daylight in the summer, especially during warm days when energy usage for cooling systems could increase. Many citizens, including some students and workers, have welcomed the decision, declaring it as ''useful''.

However, with the change came opposing opinions. Some citizens believed the abolishment of daylight saving time would be difficult because it was integrated into their lives for so many years. Still, there are those who believed that life would be less complicated without daylight saving time as there would be less confusion and interruption associated with time, including changes to schedules and food preparations.

Iraq's Recent Daylight Saving History

In the past, daylight saving was used in Iraq as a means to reduce the consumption of electrical energy in labs, factories and in domestic environments. The addition of the extra hour in the afternoon meant that the use of lighting was reduced.

For many years, many parts of Iraq which included the capital city of Baghdad moved the clock forward by one hour on April 1 to reflect daylight saving time. Iraq returned to standard time  to mark the start of the winter months on October 1 each year.  Working hours in government institutions were scheduled from 8am to 3pm, except for the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministery of Health, when working hours finished at 2pm.

Dates of daylight saving time 1982–2007

These are the dates Daylight Saving Time started and ended in Baghdad since Iraq first observed DST in 1982.

Current Local Times Around the World

AccraThu 9:12 amCasablanca *Thu 10:12 amKolkataThu 2:42 pmReykjavikThu 9:12 am
Addis AbabaThu 12:12 pmChicago *Thu 4:12 amKuala LumpurThu 5:12 pmRio de JaneiroThu 6:12 am
Adelaide *Thu 7:42 pmCopenhagen *Thu 11:12 amKuwait CityThu 12:12 pmRiyadhThu 12:12 pm
AlgiersThu 10:12 amDallas *Thu 4:12 amKyiv *Thu 12:12 pmRome *Thu 11:12 am
AlmatyThu 3:12 pmDar es SalaamThu 12:12 pmLa PazThu 5:12 amSalt Lake City *Thu 3:12 am
Amman *Thu 12:12 pmDarwinThu 6:42 pmLagosThu 10:12 amSan Francisco *Thu 2:12 am
Amsterdam *Thu 11:12 amDenver *Thu 3:12 amLahoreThu 2:12 pmSan JuanThu 5:12 am
AnadyrThu 9:12 pmDetroit *Thu 5:12 amLas Vegas *Thu 2:12 amSan SalvadorThu 3:12 am
Anchorage *Thu 1:12 amDhakaThu 3:12 pmLimaThu 4:12 amSantiago *Thu 6:12 am
AnkaraThu 12:12 pmDohaThu 12:12 pmLisbon *Thu 10:12 amSanto DomingoThu 5:12 am
AntananarivoThu 12:12 pmDubaiThu 1:12 pmLondon *Thu 10:12 amSão PauloThu 6:12 am
Asuncion *Thu 6:12 amDublin *Thu 10:12 amLos Angeles *Thu 2:12 amSeattle *Thu 2:12 am
Athens *Thu 12:12 pmEdmonton *Thu 3:12 amMadrid *Thu 11:12 amSeoulThu 6:12 pm
Atlanta *Thu 5:12 amFrankfurt *Thu 11:12 amManaguaThu 3:12 amShanghaiThu 5:12 pm
Auckland *Thu 10:12 pmGuatemala CityThu 3:12 amManilaThu 5:12 pmSingaporeThu 5:12 pm
BaghdadThu 12:12 pmHalifax *Thu 6:12 amMelbourne *Thu 8:12 pmSofia *Thu 12:12 pm
BangaloreThu 2:42 pmHanoiThu 4:12 pmMexico City *Thu 4:12 amSt. John's *Thu 6:42 am
BangkokThu 4:12 pmHarareThu 11:12 amMiami *Thu 5:12 amStockholm *Thu 11:12 am
Barcelona *Thu 11:12 amHavana *Thu 5:12 amMinneapolis *Thu 4:12 amSuvaThu 9:12 pm
BeijingThu 5:12 pmHelsinki *Thu 12:12 pmMinskThu 12:12 pmSydney *Thu 8:12 pm
Beirut *Thu 12:12 pmHong KongThu 5:12 pmMontevideoThu 6:12 amTaipeiThu 5:12 pm
Belgrade *Thu 11:12 amHonoluluWed 11:12 pmMontréal *Thu 5:12 amTallinn *Thu 12:12 pm
Berlin *Thu 11:12 amHouston *Thu 4:12 amMoscowThu 12:12 pmTashkentThu 2:12 pm
BogotaThu 4:12 amIndianapolis *Thu 5:12 amMumbaiThu 2:42 pmTegucigalpaThu 3:12 am
Boston *Thu 5:12 amIslamabadThu 2:12 pmNairobiThu 12:12 pmTehranThu 12:42 pm
BrasiliaThu 6:12 amIstanbulThu 12:12 pmNassau *Thu 5:12 amTokyoThu 6:12 pm
BrisbaneThu 7:12 pmJakartaThu 4:12 pmNew DelhiThu 2:42 pmToronto *Thu 5:12 am
Brussels *Thu 11:12 amJerusalem *Thu 12:12 pmNew Orleans *Thu 4:12 amVancouver *Thu 2:12 am
Bucharest *Thu 12:12 pmJohannesburgThu 11:12 amNew York *Thu 5:12 amVienna *Thu 11:12 am
Budapest *Thu 11:12 amKabulThu 1:42 pmOslo *Thu 11:12 amWarsaw *Thu 11:12 am
Buenos AiresThu 6:12 amKarachiThu 2:12 pmOttawa *Thu 5:12 amWashington DC *Thu 5:12 am
CairoThu 11:12 amKathmanduThu 2:57 pmParis *Thu 11:12 amWinnipeg *Thu 4:12 am
Calgary *Thu 3:12 amKhartoumThu 11:12 amPerthThu 5:12 pmYangonThu 3:42 pm
Canberra *Thu 8:12 pmKingstonThu 4:12 amPhiladelphia *Thu 5:12 amZagreb *Thu 11:12 am
Cape TownThu 11:12 amKinshasaThu 10:12 amPhoenixThu 2:12 amZürich *Thu 11:12 am
CaracasThu 5:12 amKiritimatiThu 11:12 pmPrague *Thu 11:12 am

* Adjusted for Daylight Saving Time (70 places).

Wed = Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (1 place).
Thu = Thursday, October 17, 2019 (142 places).

UTC (GMT/Zulu)-time: Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 09:12:59

UTC is Coordinated Universal Time, GMT is Greenwich Mean Time.
Great Britain/United Kingdom is one hour ahead of UTC during summer.

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