GAIAE is the UAE leading authority in Islamic religious guidance; its main objectives are to enhance religious awareness, to instill the Islamic principle of moderation and to bring to light Islamic culture. Its responsibilities include administering and supervising mosques, providing Shariah compliant fatawas (Islamic ruling), organizing Hajj and Umrah affairs, conducting religious conferences, seminars, festivities and contests, in addition to printing and distributing copies of the Holy Quran. Further, GAIAE supervises the Quran memorization centers and the religious institutes. It also reviews new religious publications and DVDs, trains imams and preachers, and grants them work permits. GAIAE also issues work permits for religious institutes and Hajj and Umrah organizers. Its responsibilities also include administering the religious endowments entrusted to it, and increasing its investment revenues. GAIAE promotes the tradition of religious endowment (waqf) for its positive contribution to society.