Passengers using Dubai airports to pay new tax

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The emirate of Dubai, whose airport is the world’s busiest for
international passengers, has announced a new tax on travellers to help finance
expansion, as Gulf governments grapple with plummeting revenues, The Guardian

The 35-dirham ($9.50) fee will apply to all passengers – including those
passing through Dubaiin transit – on all flights from 30 June, according to a statement carried by
WAM state news agency.

It is the first time Dubaihas announced a passenger tax, which is imposed in many airports worldwide.

More than 78 million passengers passed through Dubai international airport in 2015, keeping
its place as the world’s busiest for international passengers since overtaking
London Heathrow in 2014.

In February, Dubai Airports increased the capacity of its main airport
to 90 million passengers with the opening of concourse D, at a cost of $1.2bn.

Dubai has a smaller second airport,
Al-Maktoum International, which opened in 2013 and will receive 120 million
passengers a year once completed.

The receipts of the new tax will be channelled into funding the
expansion of Dubaiairports, the statement said.

Although part of the oil-rich United Arab
, Dubaihas dwindling oil wealth, and its revenues are diversified compared with its
oil-dependent Gulf peers.

But the whole region is struggling to cope with a sharp drop in oil
revenues since crude prices nosedived.

Situated on transcontinental air routes, Dubai is one of several Gulf-based airports
to experience prodigious growth in recent years.

About 100 airlines fly to more than 240 destinations from the
international hub, which is also home to carrier Emirates.

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