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The timezone AST in Iraq

Timezones are always computed by their difference to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated". In Iraq exists only a single tonezone at UTC+3. E.g. New York is currently at UTC-4 in Eastern Time, so the time difference between NY and Iraq is 7 hours.

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


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Only 1 nationwide time zone

UTC+3
Standard time:Arabia Standard Time (AST)
Daylight saving time:discontinued 2007


Iraq has an east-west extension of 8.2 degrees of longitude. Given the country's location in Western Asia, this corresponds to about 760 kilometers. With this still relatively small extension, the course of the sun is only slightly different at different positions in the country. The position of the sun in the west of the country differs from that in the east by only about 33 minutes. This means the sun rises and sets 33 minutes later in the west than in the east.
Timezones

The Arabia Standard Time also applies in Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and in Saudi Arabia.

No more daylight saving time in Iraq

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).

Due to its distance from the equator, the impact would be significant in Iraq. Baghdad is located 3,700 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 04:52 to 19:16, but from 05:52 to 20:16. Nevertheless, in 2007 it was decided to finally abandon daylight saving time in Iraq.


Changes in Daylight Saving Times

In Iraq Daylight Saving Time has been observed since 1982 until 10/01/2007.


Iraq: Sunrise + sunsetSunrise and sunset in IraqTimes of sunrise and sunset for the most important cities in Iraq and the avg. length of daylight per month
Countries with DSTAll Countries with DSTA summary of all countries which currently observe Daylight Saving Time with further info on introductions and upcoming changes.
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