The sources spoke on condition of anonymity as the matter is not public.
The review, conducted internally, is still at a preliminary stage and no decision has been made on the outcome of the study, the sources said. No outside consultants or financial advisers have yet been hired to find potential buyers, they said.
Barclays' retail banking operations in the UAE include its personal banking, lending and mortgage services and a credit card business. The bank has between 500 and 1,000 staff in retail banking but most are outsourced employees and not part of the bank's direct payroll, one banking source said.
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