Dubai will now charge passengers to fly through its airports because of the oil crash

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Dubai has found another way to raise cash, as the oil crash continues to take its toll on the broader region's economy.

Airlines will charge passengers flying through its airports a service fee of 35 Emirati dirham (about $10) from June 30, according to a government statement Wednesday.

Children under two, cabin crew, and transit passengers leaving on the same flight will be exempt.

A resolution for the levy was approved Wednesday by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown price of Dubai, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. About 7.3 million people passed through it in January, according to the website.

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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, passengers walk in the new Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For generations, international fliers have stopped over in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Now, they increasingly switch planes in Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi, making this region the new crossroads of global travel. The switch is driven by both the airports and airlines, all backed by governments that see aviation as the way to make their countries bigger players in the global economy. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
US pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour as ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, where she will perform at the at Meydan Racecourse on September 10. AFP PHOTO/ KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
An Emirates Airline employee walks past the Moet and Chandon champagne bar inside terminal 3 at concourse A, the new A380 terminal at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Dedicated for use by Emirates Airline the terminal 3 complex includes an associated airside facility known as Concourse B and a purpose-built facility for Airbus A380 known as Concourse A. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Airline passengers sit and wait near gate 'A13' inside terminal 3 at concourse A, the new A380 terminal at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Dedicated for use by Emirates Airline the terminal 3 complex includes an associated airside facility known as Concourse B and a purpose-built facility for Airbus A380 known as Concourse A. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People stand alongside the Duty Free shopping area inside terminal 3 at concourse A, the new A380 terminal at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Dedicated for use by Emirates Airline the terminal 3 complex includes an associated airside facility known as Concourse B and a purpose-built facility for Airbus A380 known as Concourse A. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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We'd note that airport charges are not uncommon, and the government says the levy is to boost infrastructure. But the new airport charge, which will be transferred to the government's purse, is evidently a way to raise money in a country whose revenues have been strained by the plunge in oil prices.

And it's not just the United Arab Emirates coming up with ways to cope.

The government of Saudi Arabia, for example, confirmed in January that it is considering an initial public offering for the state-owned oil company Aramco.

And in Qatar, state-funded network Al Jazeera announced last weekend that it is cutting about 500 jobs from its main Doha operation, as its US cable news wing prepares to shutter next month.

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