[tz] [PATCH] Update Bahrain as per article in The National

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Sat Jul 25 21:44:21 UTC 2020

On 2020-07-25 14:36, Aaron Brown wrote:
> The article linked to below has one line referring to Oman being on UTC +6.5
> that doesn't appear to be correct.
> I sent the below to the author, but did not hear back. Does anyone know if there
> is some history of Oman being on UTC +6.5?
> https://thenational.ae/arts-culture/why-gulf-standard-time-is-far-from-standard-the-fascinating-story-behind-the-time-zone-s-invention-1.1052589.
> It's very interesting. But I noticed one apparent inconsistency that I'm curious
> about. The article says "At the time [referring to 1944], other time zones in
> the Arabian Gulf included Basra (Iraq) GMT +3 and Jiwani (Oman) at GMT +6.5",
> yet later in the article it says that Oman has used GMT +4 since 1920. Is this
> +6.5 correct for Oman? If so, what is the history of it?  
> "Also, for whatever it's worth, googling for Jiwani, I find that it is in
> Pakistan, not Oman. And neither Pakistan nor Oman are along the Arabian Gulf
> (other than the Musandam Peninsula). From what I could find, it doesn't appear
> that this part of Pakistan or Oman ever used GMT +6.5. But if there is some
> history about either place having used this time zone, I'm very curious about it."

There was no Pakistan until 1947 and various Omans on and off before 1970.
The Gwadar enclave which contains Jiwani was governed by the Sultanate
(originally Omani Empire, which also included Zanzibar, later Muscat and Oman)
from 1783 until 1958:



Arabian Gulf is used for the countries in the area, to add to the confusion,
while being a disputed name for the body of water:


Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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