Clocks in Egypt have gone back by one hour three weeks earlier than usual in anticipation of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which begins at sunset on 12 September. The country returned to winter time on 6 September, putting it two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

From 13 September for 30 days Muslims all over the world will refrain from drinking, smoking and eating from sunrise until sunset and engage in alms-giving and other pious activities.

In Cairo the coffee shops and other eateries in the Islamic part of the city bustle with life after dark as people come together after the day