Clocks in Morocco will go back one hour on Sunday, May 5 at 3.00 am.
Rabat – The Ministry for Reform of Administration and Public Service has confirmed that for Ramadan, Morocco will go back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Clocks will go back one hour at 3.00 am on Sunday, May 5.
This means the sun will set an hour earlier.
After Ramadan, on Sunday, June 9 at 2.00 am, clocks will change back to GMT+1.
In October last year, the government made the controversial decision to keep GMT+1 (or daylight saving time) all year around.
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Until then, Morocco had used daylight saving time changes to ease business transactions with Europe. As a result, Morocco changed clocks four times per year: twice for daylight saving and twice for the weeks of Ramadan.
The change to GMT+1 occurred just 48 hours after it was announced. The Moroccan telephone networks did not have time to factor in the change. Smartphones, computers, tablets, and other devices did not reflect the new time, causing confusion across the country.
According to The Ministry for Reform of Administration and Public Service, the permanent change to GMT+1 was meant to be “an experiment” to “avoid many changes that occur many times during the year and repercussions at many levels.”