Luggage and bags:
A large suitcase- you're sure to buy....
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Absorbent clothes are best- especially . cotton.
A shawl or cardigan may be needed in winter months
Take more clothes especially underwear than you think you'll need . The humidity means clothes take so long to dry, that you may end up having to wear damp undies!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things can be purchased locally. re-medication see colin_ bramso's warning tip.
Photo Equipment: You may end up buying the latest equipment. Everything is here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimming outfits, sunglasses, sandals and suntan lotion an absolute must
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If running short of these items...shopping is a delight in Dubai. Rather bring less with you so you can fill up your suitcases with real bargains.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Easily Available
Photo Equipment: NO PROBLEM WITH THIS....AS THE LATEST IS AVAILABLE HERE AT A BETTER PRICE THAN BACK HOME.
Luggage and bags: I flew from Perth. Australia to Hamburg via Dubai. The overnight stop in Dubai was gladly welcome after the 12 hour flight from Perth. Main luggage are sent straight through to Hamburg. You don't get to pick it up and take it with you in Dubai. Much more convenient of course but passengers in transit in Dubai should pack a small overnight bag with essentials (toiletries, change of underwear, etc) for the overnight stay.
Luggage and bags:
a small bag or backpack for the daily trips is good!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: - You will def. not need an umbrella ;) it only rains here a few days a year.
- havaianas/flip flops..not sure how you call it...but you definitely need some open shoes for the hot weather
- at night people like to dress up to go out for dinner so some nice shoes are an advantage
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - sunblock is very very important...even more if you come from a cold country where sun doesn't come out too often. Here, some of the day, when it's cloudy people think that there's not need for suncream...don't leave home without it! Really...otherwise you might get very red instead of tanned ;)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: - don't forget your swimmers!!! and a towel/pareo/canga to lay on at the beach
Have several shirts & trousers, as if you visit in summer, you will surely need to shower & change more than once!
You should also bring a sunhat & sunglasses, the latter is handy even in winter as the sun is quite bright even when it's cloudy!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock, moisturiser
Photo Equipment: Carry extra memory & your battery charger for your digital camera. I got so carried away clicking away at the various, funky skyscrapers & the Dubai Museum exhibits, that my battery nearly ran out. From past trips I felt a single charge should last enough for 5 days & so I did not take my charger!
Also, don't forget that this is a desert, hence carry good cases to protect your camera from a freak sandstorm!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The beaches are nice & welcoming, so don't forget to take your swimming kit & towels along. Some hotels offer them, and others charge for beach towels. Ideally buy lifeventure antibacterial towels as these are very compact - ideal for travelling.
Luggage and bags:
Dubai is known worldwide as a shoppers haven in the middle east, with low taxes on goods and a sheer variety of International Brands having a prescence at Dubai and some of these are chaper to buy than their home countries due to a low 5% import tax levied on foreign imports (in lieu of sales tax or Value Added Tax). So if you will be buying lacoste, burberry's. louis vuitton's, hermes', bulgari, etc. the cost will be way cheaper than in europe or in the USA since the import tax is less than the avarage 9% sales tax and 20% VAT levied on goods in the USA and Europe.
So if you are the shopping type like us, have a big lightweight luggage and then the foldable stroller type hand carry luggage as extra that can fit in your big luggage
Everyone Knows that Dubai is along the Harsh Desert of Arabia and that You can get sun burned easily even if you have brought sun tans along if you don't cover your head with a hat of a cap as 20% of liquid loss by the body is via the head. plus to avoid heat stroke as the suns rays penetrate your exposed hair.
Also you need to have sunglasses as to protect your eyes from the blinding heat here specially during the early to late afternoon, where the temperature is high. the sunglasses will protect your eyesight from dizziness and heat blindness.
When visting the United Arab Emirates, you must bring light colored shirts so as to deflect the rays of the sun as it can get really hot since this area is an arid desert after all. you can use your walking shorts instead of jeans and slacks but you will not be allowed to enter mosques as they have a strict dress code. Don't wear leather shoes specially if you are in a desert tour or safari as it would be hard to walk with the leather shoes.
you can also bring a portable umbrella if you want (it rarely rains in dubai) primarily as a shield against the heat of the sun and also to prevent sunburned skin around the arms and neck area.
If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away. Also have the new large capacity SDXC cards, which are better than the regular SDHC cards which can hold only up to 32 gigabytes of memory as compared to the SDXC cards which now have up to 256 Gigabytes of memories. perfect for shooting full hd videos and taking pictures at the same time as the new cameras like the canon sx50 and olympus sz-31 MR can do.
also bring the new USB powerbank storage device (preferably the 8,400 mAH up to 10,000 mAH variety so that you can do multiple recharges on camera battery before recharging your USB powerbank), which can easily recharge your camera battery plus smart phone and tablet devices.
if you plan to swim along the beaches of dubai or have a day at wild wadi waterpark in Jumeirah Hotel or at Aquaventure Resort in Atlantis Hotel or go to Yas Waterpark in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, You will need a good and tough waterproof camera to take pictures and videos of your activities and there are man good waterproof all weather cameras like the panasonic lumix, the olympus tough, the canon d20 or if you have the dough, get a GO PRO sports camera and video.
Nothing beats taking a video while in the water and then viewing your recordings on a big LED tv.
If you are visiting Dubai During late may to october, this is the hottest months in dubai, where the temperature rises up to 55 degrees celsius (140 fahrenheit), it is best to bring sun screen lotions (preferably the higher SPF's of 50 to 120) to put into your face, neck, upper back and arms as to prevent any sunburn on these areas and off course the important hat and eye shades (which I have separate tips for them). you can just buy the sunscreen lotion at any supermarkets and stores in dubai or just bring one.
Plus don't forget to bring lip balm to protect your lips from dryness too.
Miscellaneous: Comfortable cottons are the best for the climate, dont forget sun hats, and sun tan oil, yes you can buy it here but things are expensive.