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Clock watch: UAE to add leap second to standard time

Clock watch: UAE to add leap second to standard time

Time change from July 1


Synchronise your watches, as the UAE prepares to join the world in adding a leap second to official time this July 1. Find out more here…

As many timing centres around the world prepare to add a 'leap second' to their official timing, the Emirates Metrology Institute has announced that UAE standard time, will also include the additional second, just before 4am on July 1.

The leap second will be employed to compensate for the minor difference between highly accurate atomic clocks and the rotation of the globe.

"Our latest move to add a leap second to UAE standard time follows a decision by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, based at the Paris Observatory, in January 2015 to add a leap second to Coordinated Universal Time at the end of June this year." Said Dr. Helal Al Kaabi, executive director of Emirates Metrology Institute.

How will you spend your extra leap second?

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