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Qatar Airport to Charge Departure Tax to All Passengers

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).