Egypt Standard Time

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Egypt Standard Time is UTC+2, which is exactly the same as Eastern European Time, but it is used all year round. It previously used Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3), during the summer periods from 1988-2010 and 2014-15.

On 21 April 2011, the interim government abolished summer time. The standard time was used the whole year round, with no change in summer.

On 7 May 2014, the Egyptian interim government decided to use summer time starting from 15 May 2014, the third Friday of May, with an exception for the holy month of Ramadan. This just comes before the Egyptian presidential elections were expected to start.[1]

On 20 April 2015, The Egyptian government decided not apply summer time this year following a poll that has been held in April 2015 regarding applying DST or not. The government decided to making the necessary amendment to the laws and asking the ministers to work on a study to determine the probability of applying Daylight Saving time in coming years or not.[2] The ministry of electricity assured that the achieved electricity saving from applying summer time is not of any tangible effect.[3]

On 29 April 2016, the government under Prime Minister Sherif Ismail decided to use summer time again (UTC+3) by July 7. It will begin after Ramadan until the end of October. However, it was cancelled on July 4 following a vote by the Egyptian parliament on June 28 to abolish DST, and to comply the April 2015 presidential decree to refrain from introducing DST.


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