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Kuwait MP supports summer Daylight Saving Time
December 4, 2018, 12:42 pm
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MP Safa Al Hashem backed a proposal for Kuwait to join the list of countries that follow Daylight Saving Time (DST). The MP, who is well-known for her provocative statements in support of Kuwaiti citizens, stated in her proposal that the clock timings should be adjusted forward by two hours for six months from April 1 to September 30 that would in turn help the general populace.

Al Hashem’s proposal would allow for Kuwaitis and expatriates an early start and end their daily work routines two hours earlier, enabling workers to be more productive in the early morning with mild weather, the extended period of daylight and avoid the high afternoon temperatures.

MP Al Hashem pointed to 80 countries across Europe and in the Arab world that have adopted the time saving practice. She reiterated that several official entities were in favor of the 2-hour advancement in summer time. She added there were also positive economic advantages, in addition to the benefits to the human psyche and physical health including the best use of a person’s energy and time.

The proposal is under review by the Legislative Committee this week, which will whether to reject it or to refer it to the parliament for debate and recommendations. If lawmakers give their approval, it will be forwarded to the government.

The practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that the daylight work period lasts longer was introduced in 1895. Whether it is good for people has been debated across the US and much of Europe.   Last month, California approved a measure to incorporate DST all year-round, instead of changing timings only from early March to early November. One reason given was that the year-round DST would stimulate the profits of local businesses as more people would be out during their free time to spend during winter months.

 

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