Clocks to go back during Ramadan–and then forward again

Egypt’s cabinet has decided that Daylight Saving Time (DST) will not be used in Egypt during Ramadan, but will be resumed after the holy month ends.

In a statement released yesterday, the cabinet clarified that clocks will move back by one hour at midnight on Tuesday 10 August, to be moved forward again after Ramadan, on Thursday 9 September. Clocks will roll back once more on Thursday 30 September to put the nation on winter time, as stipulated by law.

Mosslem Shaltout, professor of solar-space physics and vice-chairman of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences (AUASS), said Ramadan will start, atronomically speaking, on Wednesday 11 August.

According to Shaltout, the moon’s crescent will appear at 6:08 AM on 10 August, when the moon is on the same level with the sun and earth, marking the beginning of Ramadan.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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