With my food poisoning and, hence, viral infection, at bay, I managed to get out yesterday for some fun in the sun. After meeting with a new acquaintance for brunch, I met up with my first expat friend from the meetup two weeks ago for a wild safari excursion. She brought another newlywed and exported lady (a very nice Brit), whom she met at yesterday's meetup. Turns out, we're soon to be neighbors as well (more deets on our apartment hunting soon).
Most of the official museums and safari tours were closed, in fact, so we settled for an afternoon of spontaneity. First stop: the Emirates Palace, followed by a trip to Abu Dhabi Heritage Village. It was an amazing time.