Action at the Emirates Golf Club is expected to tee-off on Thursday morning but will be open only to players, caddies, officials and the media.
It is hoped fans will be able allowed back on to the course for the start of Round 2 on Friday but spectators are being advised to check official social channels @dubaidcgolf for the latest updates.
This year’s line-up is headlined by world No 1 and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who won his first professional victory at the tournament in 2009.
Also in action will be Victor Perez, fresh from Sunday’s dramatic win in Abu Dhabi, as well as European Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton and Francesco Molinari.
Last year's tournament was won by Viktor Hovland who defeated Richard Bland in a play-off with McIlroy finishing third.