proposed time zone package change to africa file for Cairo
straen at thorsen.priv.no
Thu Apr 23 08:50:32 UTC 2009
Steffen Thorsen wrote:
> There is no final decision yet (at least that we know of) on what date
> it will begin, so the date we list is tentative. This week we have
> asked several governmental sources in/representing Egypt, and they say
> it will usually start on the last Thursday of April (midnight
> after/24:00), although one person also said sometime in May (could
> have been with the meaning that it will start when May begin).
To follow-up on my previous comments about daylight saving time in
Egypt, it has been officially confirmed today that daylight saving time
will start at midnight tonight (not next week like we suspected based on
earlier checks with official sources).
We received this update from several official sources, including a
government agency in Egypt, as well as on this site:
which translates to this using Google Translate:
"Begin Daylight (Saving) Time at midnight, which is provided at 60
minutes, the last time even before the holy month of Ramadan, which
falls in about the middle of August."
The DST end date is likely to be before Ramadan begins, so it will
probably end on midnight between Thursday, 20 August and Friday, 21
August. (Ramadan starts around 2009-08-22). So a rule like this is
probably a good guess:
Rule Egypt 2009 only - Aug 20 23:00s 0 -
and maybe even
Rule Egypt 2010 only - Aug 5 23:00s 0 -
for next year. Eventually, as Ramadan is starting earlier every year,
their period of DST may be really short unless otherwise advised.
Steffen / timeanddate.com
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