Egypt Standard Time


Egypt Standard Time (EGY) (Arabic: توقيت مصر القياسي Tawqīt Miṣr al-qiyāsiyy) is UTC+02:00, which is exactly the same as Eastern European Time, Central Africa Time, South African Standard Time and Central European Summer Time, and is co-linear with neighboring Libya and Sudan. Egypt has previously used Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+03:00), during the summer periods from 1957–2010 and 2014–15.

Clock in Cairo Metro, with Eastern Arabic numerals.
Time zones of Africa:
 -01:00  Cape Verde Time[a]
 ±00:00  Greenwich Mean Time
 +01:00 
 +02:00 
 +03:00  East Africa Time
 +04:00 
a The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland.
b Mauritius and the Seychelles are to the east and north-east of Madagascar respectively.
Time in the Middle East
    UTC+02:00 Egypt Standard Time
    UTC+02:00

UTC+03:00
Eastern European Time /
Israel Standard Time /
Palestine Standard Time
Eastern European Summer Time /
Israel Summer Time /
Palestine Summer Time
    UTC+03:00 Arabia Standard Time /
Turkey Time
    UTC+03:30
UTC+04:30
Iran Standard Time
Iran Daylight Time
    UTC+04:00 Gulf Standard Time
Light colors indicate where standard time is observed all year; dark colors indicate where daylight saving time is observed.

History


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 had been held in April 2015 regarding applying DST or not. The government decided to make the necessary amendment to the laws and asked 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+03:00) by 7 July. It was to begin after Ramadan and last until the end of October. However, it was cancelled on 4 July following a vote by the Egyptian Parliament on 28 June to abolish DST, and to comply with the April 2015 presidential decree to refrain from introducing DST.

Time zone changes


Period in use Time offset from GMT Name of time zone
Prior to 1900 UTC+02:05:09 Local mean time[clarification needed]
1900–1939 UTC+02:00 Eastern European Time
15 July 1940 – 1 November 1945 UTC+02:00
UTC+03:00
Eastern European Time
Eastern European Summer Time
1946–1957 UTC+02:00 Eastern European Time
10 May 1957 – 19 April 2011 UTC+02:00
UTC+03:00
Eastern European Time
Eastern European Summer Time
20 April 2011 – 15 May 2014 UTC+02:00 Eastern European Time
16 May 2014 – 19 April 2015 UTC+02:00
UTC+03:00
Eastern European Time
Eastern European Summer Time
20 April 2015 – present UTC+02:00 Eastern European Time

IANA time zone database


The IANA time zone database contains one zone for Egypt in the file zone.tab.

coordinates* TZ* Standard time Summer time
+3003+03115 Africa/Cairo UTC+02:00 not observed

See also


References