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To address the electricity shortage in Egypt, the government has announced new rules altering shop timings to save electricity, reports Wego.

The Ministry of Local Development has issued new directives for the opening and closing times of shops and commercial establishments in the country to save electricity. These rules apply from 1 July 2024 until 26 September 2024. Here are the different shop timings for various establishments:

  • commercial shops: 7 AM to 10 PM on weekdays and 7 AM to 11 PM on weekends
  • shopping malls: 10 AM to 12 AM on weekdays and 10 AM to 1 AM on weekends
  • restaurants, cafes, and bazaars: 6 AM to 12 AM on weekdays and 6 AM to 1 AM on weekends. Delivery services and takeaway are allowed 24 hours with no restrictions
  • necessity shops: Medical pharmacies, supermarkets, bakeries, and fruit and vegetable shops have no time limitations

These measures come as Prime Minister Madbouly announced that daily power cuts would completely end by the third week of July. The strategic plan also involves importing natural gas and mazut worth $1.8 billion, along with implementing these energy-saving methods.