Starting on December 1, if you happen to pass through Hamad International Airport near Qatar's capital city of Doha, you're going to be charged a "departure tax" of about $10 (35 Qatari riyals), even if you're only there to catch a connecting flight.

The change—which applies to every single passenger flying out of the airport—is designed to boost revenue in the Persian Gulf country following a recent drop in the price of oil that has hurt its economy.

A similar measure was adopted earlier this year at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, where passengers on international flights have to pay a departure tax of 35 dirhams (US$9.50). 



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