The timezone Array in the United Arab Emirates

Timezones are always computed by their difference to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated". In the United Arab Emirates exists only a single tonezone at UTC+4. E.g. New York is currently at UTC-5 in Eastern Time, so the time difference between NY and the United Arab Emirates is 9 hours.

United Arab Emirates has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.

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Only 1 nationwide time zone

Standard time:Gulf Standard Time (GST)
Daylight saving time:none

The United Arab Emirates have an east-west extent of 3.6 degrees longitude. Given the country's location in Western Asia, this corresponds to about 370 kilometers. With such a small extent the course of the sun at different positions in the country hardly matters. The position of the sun in the west of the country deviates from that in the east only about 14 minutes. This means the sun rises and sets 14 minutes later in the west than in the east.

The Gulf Standard Time also applies in Oman.

No daylight saving time in the United Arab Emirates

Due to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (June to September in the northern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).

Aufgrund der relativen Nähe zum Äquator sind aber die Auswirkungen in the United Arab Emirates nicht so groß, wie z.B. in den Ländern Mitteleuropas. Abu Dhabi is only 2,700 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 05:33 to 19:15, but from 06:33 to 20:15. The effect would be quite noticeable in the evening, but the sun rising later in the morning falls at a time when many people are already awake. Thus, daylight saving time was never introduced in the United Arab Emirates.
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