After Dubai, emirate of Sharjah adds $9.50 as airport fee

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The emirate of Sharjah has added a new fee for those traveling out of its international airport, following the lead of its neighbor in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai.

The state-run WAM news agency reported the 35-dirham ($9.50) fee was approved during a meeting on Tuesday led by Sharjah's deputy ruler, Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi.

The fee mirrors the one announced by Dubai on March 30. It's a charge on passengers transiting through or leaving by Sharjah International Airport. Children under 2 and flight crews will be exempt.

While airport fees are levied across the world, Dubai and Sharjah's announcement comes as oil prices have slumped to under $40 a barrel, squeezing countries across the Gulf.

Sharjah International Airport is the home of low-cost airline Air Arabia.