Time Zone Updates for Egypt: DST Cancellation

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First published on TECHNET on Jul 06, 2016
The government of Egypt recently canceled DST permanently. DST was previously scheduled to begin on Friday, July 8 th , 2016 at 12:00 AM. Microsoft is preparing an update to Windows which will reflect these policy changes.

Interim Guidance


While we plan to release a data update, there is insufficient lead time before the policy change takes effect.  Therefore, we offer the following guidance temporary workaround until such an update can be properly created, tested, distributed, and installed.

Our official policy statement can be found on the site at http://microsoft.com/time .

Until an update is made available, we recommend our customers to continue using time zone “(UTC +02:00) Cairo” and turn off the “Adjust for daylight saving time automatically” setting. This can be done in advance as DST is currently not in effect.



Alternatively, customers in Egypt could also switch to one of the following time zones:

  1. “(UTC +02:00) Harare, Pretoria”

  2. “(UTC +02:00) Tripoli”


Selecting either option will correctly reflect the time in Egypt. We recommend switching back to “(UTC +02:00) Cairo” once the Windows Update is made available as it will properly account for historical time data for this region.

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