15 - 16 - 17 November 2016

Online registration for METSTRADE 2016 is free of charge until 7 November.
From 8 November online registration costs € 70.00. Onsite registration at the exhibition costs € 200.00.

Each year the registration fee for DAME is donated to charity. Since 2005 Amsterdam RAI has been supporting AMREF Flying Doctors. Therefore AMREF is appointed as DAME charity by the Exhibition Committee, for every even year. For every other year international marine related charities are invited to apply.

DAME funding

Certified marine-related public charities are invited to apply for the registration proceeds from the Design Award METSTRADE (DAME) competition.

The amount of the donation is announced and presented during the Breakfast Briefing on the official opening day of the METSTRADE show. To date DAME has raised approximately € 18,000 a year for worthy causes, with the actual amount of the donation depending on the number of entries registered.

Charities interested in the DAME proceeds

Charities interested in the DAME proceeds 2017 can contact METSTRADE organisation at metstrade@rai.nl to let us know their interest. They will be invited to apply in 2017.

There is no better platform to launch a new product and bring it to the attention of the entire marine industry and media than the DAME Award,” comments Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at RAI Amsterdam. “The winners and the nominees gain priceless publicity and, by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, RAI Amsterdam ensures that the wider society benefits too. In addition to the funds raised, we see that the chosen charity enjoys greater international recognition thanks to its association with the DAME. This is a win-win sutiation for all concerned.

Irene Dros Maritime Domain Manager

DAME 2015 proceeds awarded to Sailability

The proceeds of this year's DAME Design Award went to the Dutch charity Sailability. The foundation enables disabled people to independently enjoy sailing via a nationwide network of partner yacht clubs. Sailability was also the beneficiary of the DAME 2013 proceeds and the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee was impressed with the way in which the funds had been used. They used the € 11,500 to buy a new Hanse 303 sailing yacht for its fleet, which was specially adapted and christened METS.

DAME Charity Sailability

"The METSTRADE Exhibition Committee has been impressed with the fact that Sailability has been running for 12 years and has more than 300 volunteers, plus a board of six people. No one involved in the charity is paid a salary, which speaks volumes for their dedication and commitment to the disabled."

Irene Dros Domain Manager Maritime

DAME Charities over the last few years

  • 2015: Sailability
  • 2014: AMREF Flying Doctors
  • 2013: Sailability & Freedom Waters
  • 2012: AMREF Flying Doctors*
  • 2011: Stichting Sailing Kids
  • 2010: Whisper Boat Building Academy
  • 2009: AMREF Flying Doctors
  • 2008: International Federation of Disabled Sailing (IFDS)

* As agreed by the Exhibition Committee, AMREF Flying Doctors – the international charity supported by Amsterdam RAI - will receive the DAME donation every other year, as from 2012.