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July 20, 2010, Egypt - "Clocks to go back during Ramadan-and then forward again", Al-Masry Al-Youm, translated by Ahmed el-Beheri and Mohamed el-Badri


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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.

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