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Iraq Dumps Daylight Saving Time in 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

AccraMon 4:50 amCasablancaMon 4:50 amKolkataMon 10:20 amReykjavikMon 4:50 am
Addis AbabaMon 7:50 amChicago *Sun 11:50 pmKuala LumpurMon 12:50 pmRio de JaneiroMon 1:50 am
AdelaideMon 2:20 pmCopenhagen *Mon 6:50 amKuwait CityMon 7:50 amRiyadhMon 7:50 am
AlgiersMon 5:50 amDallas *Sun 11:50 pmKyiv *Mon 7:50 amRome *Mon 6:50 am
AlmatyMon 10:50 amDar es SalaamMon 7:50 amLa PazMon 12:50 amSalt Lake City *Sun 10:50 pm
Amman *Mon 7:50 amDarwinMon 2:20 pmLagosMon 5:50 amSan Francisco *Sun 9:50 pm
Amsterdam *Mon 6:50 amDenver *Sun 10:50 pmLahoreMon 9:50 amSan JuanMon 12:50 am
AnadyrMon 4:50 pmDetroit *Mon 12:50 amLas Vegas *Sun 9:50 pmSan SalvadorSun 10:50 pm
Anchorage *Sun 8:50 pmDhakaMon 10:50 amLimaSun 11:50 pmSantiagoMon 12:50 am
AnkaraMon 7:50 amDohaMon 7:50 amLisbon *Mon 5:50 amSanto DomingoMon 12:50 am
AntananarivoMon 7:50 amDubaiMon 8:50 amLondon *Mon 5:50 amSão PauloMon 1:50 am
AsuncionMon 12:50 amDublin *Mon 5:50 amLos Angeles *Sun 9:50 pmSeattle *Sun 9:50 pm
Athens *Mon 7:50 amEdmonton *Sun 10:50 pmMadrid *Mon 6:50 amSeoulMon 1:50 pm
Atlanta *Mon 12:50 amFrankfurt *Mon 6:50 amManaguaSun 10:50 pmShanghaiMon 12:50 pm
AucklandMon 4:50 pmGuatemala CitySun 10:50 pmManilaMon 12:50 pmSingaporeMon 12:50 pm
BaghdadMon 7:50 amHalifax *Mon 1:50 amMelbourneMon 2:50 pmSofia *Mon 7:50 am
BangkokMon 11:50 amHanoiMon 11:50 amMexico City *Sun 11:50 pmSt. John's *Mon 2:20 am
Barcelona *Mon 6:50 amHarareMon 6:50 amMiami *Mon 12:50 amStockholm *Mon 6:50 am
BeijingMon 12:50 pmHavana *Mon 12:50 amMinneapolis *Sun 11:50 pmSuvaMon 4:50 pm
Beirut *Mon 7:50 amHelsinki *Mon 7:50 amMinskMon 7:50 amSydneyMon 2:50 pm
Belgrade *Mon 6:50 amHong KongMon 12:50 pmMontevideoMon 1:50 amTaipeiMon 12:50 pm
BengaluruMon 10:20 amHonoluluSun 6:50 pmMontréal *Mon 12:50 amTallinn *Mon 7:50 am
Berlin *Mon 6:50 amHouston *Sun 11:50 pmMoscowMon 7:50 amTashkentMon 9:50 am
BogotaSun 11:50 pmIndianapolis *Mon 12:50 amMumbaiMon 10:20 amTegucigalpaSun 10:50 pm
Boston *Mon 12:50 amIslamabadMon 9:50 amNairobiMon 7:50 amTehran *Mon 9:20 am
BrasiliaMon 1:50 amIstanbulMon 7:50 amNassau *Mon 12:50 amTokyoMon 1:50 pm
BrisbaneMon 2:50 pmJakartaMon 11:50 amNew DelhiMon 10:20 amToronto *Mon 12:50 am
Brussels *Mon 6:50 amJerusalem *Mon 7:50 amNew Orleans *Sun 11:50 pmVancouver *Sun 9:50 pm
Bucharest *Mon 7:50 amJohannesburgMon 6:50 amNew York *Mon 12:50 amVienna *Mon 6:50 am
Budapest *Mon 6:50 amKabulMon 9:20 amOslo *Mon 6:50 amWarsaw *Mon 6:50 am
Buenos AiresMon 1:50 amKarachiMon 9:50 amOttawa *Mon 12:50 amWashington DC *Mon 12:50 am
CairoMon 6:50 amKathmanduMon 10:35 amParis *Mon 6:50 amWinnipeg *Sun 11:50 pm
Calgary *Sun 10:50 pmKhartoumMon 6:50 amPerthMon 12:50 pmYangonMon 11:20 am
CanberraMon 2:50 pmKingstonSun 11:50 pmPhiladelphia *Mon 12:50 amZagreb *Mon 6:50 am
Cape TownMon 6:50 amKinshasaMon 5:50 amPhoenixSun 9:50 pmZürich *Mon 6:50 am
CaracasMon 12:50 amKiritimatiMon 6:50 pmPrague *Mon 6:50 am

* Adjusted for Daylight Saving Time (63 places).

Sun = Sunday, April 11, 2021 (26 places).
Mon = Monday, April 12, 2021 (117 places).