Morocco is preparing for the holy month of Ramadan 2024 by announcing its switch to GMT time, a decision that has sparked both positive reactions and concerns among the population and experts.
Scheduled for Sunday March 10, 2024 at 2:00 a.m., this transition marks a crucial annual adjustment for the Kingdom. For one month, watches will be delayed by one hour, in accordance with the country’s well-established tradition.
A Thoughtful Economic Choice
The adoption of summer time during Ramadan aims to generate energy savings and facilitate trade with European partners. According to the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), this change will allow significant savings in energy, particularly for public lighting.
However, this decision is not without raising questions. While some welcome the economic and logistical benefits it offers, others express concerns about its social implications. Shifting working hours could lead to increased demand for electricity during peak hours and complicate citizens’ daily lives.
For businesses, this transition represents a major logistical challenge, requiring reorganization of schedules and additional costs. Traffic jams are also likely to intensify, making traffic in large cities more difficult.
The switch to GMT time for Ramadan 2024 in Morocco raises crucial questions about its economic and social impact. While authorities highlight energy and business benefits, it remains to be seen how the population will adapt to these changes. In a country where Ramadan is deeply rooted in the culture, each time adjustment is not made without thought and debate.