This link is well worth a look - this taxa of Whimbrel was off the radar for a very long time indeed but is alive (and hopefully well) and fair game ANYWHERE in the Middle East. Moreover, it appears not to be too tricky to ID. Whimbrel is clearly taken for granted here with few images in the galleries but this is something on which the birders in the UAE just maybe make a very valuable contribution. Get checking those underwings!
Thanks a lot to Peter for bringing this to my attention.