James Kingston was atop the leaderboard at 3-under through 13 holes when play was stopped at 9:52 A.M. local time. Players will return to the course Friday at 6:30 A.M. to resume first round play.
Visibility, which had been minimal during the sandstorm, had returned to normal. However the winds were so extreme that balls were being blown around on the greens.
Kingston, of South Africa, opened his round with a birdie at the par-5 first. He also birdied the fourth before dropping a shot with a bogey at the par-4 seventh.
Kingston recovered that stroke with a birdie at the ninth and gained a one-stroke advantage with a birdie at the 11th.
Henrik Stenson and Philip Golding share second place at 2-under with both players through 13 holes, while Fredrik Andersson is minus-2 through 12 and Nicolas Vanhootegem 2-under through six holes.
Thomas Norret, Sebastien Delagrange, Martin Maritz, Richard Sterne, Mikko Ilonen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Greg Owen, Charl Schwartzel, David Carter, Simon Wakefield and David Dixon are tied for sixth at minus-1, with Norret and Delagrange furthest along through 13 holes.