Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre

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RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre
Amsterdam RAI EC.jpg
RAI Elicium in 2010
LocationZuidas, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates52°20′29″N 4°53′18″E / 52.34139°N 4.88833°E / 52.34139; 4.88833Coordinates: 52°20′29″N 4°53′18″E / 52.34139°N 4.88833°E / 52.34139; 4.88833
OwnerRAI Vereniging
Municipality of Amsterdam
ArchitectAlexander Bodon
Opened2 February 1961
Renovated2007–2009, 2018
Expanded2009 (RAI Elicium)
Theatre seating
12,900 (Europahal RAI)
1,750 (RAI Theatre)
Enclosed space
 • Total space112,200 m2 (1,208,000 sq ft)
Parking4,000 spaces
Public transit accessAmsterdam RAI railway station

Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre (commonly known as Amsterdam RAI) is a complex of conference and exhibition halls in the Zuidas business district of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Opened in 1961, the RAI welcomed its 75 millionth visitor in February 2001. Up to 2 million people visit the RAI every year. Some 50 international conferences and 70 trade shows are held at the RAI annually. The complex consists of 22 conference rooms and 11 multi-functional halls and has a total floor space of 112,200 m². The largest hall, Europahal RAI, can seat 12,900 people. The complex also includes a musical and concert theatre and underground parking space for over 4,000 cars.

It gives its name to the nearby Amsterdam RAI railway station.


Europahal RAI in April 2002

The origins of the RAI complex can be traced back to 1893, when the trade association RI (Rijwiel-Industrie, Dutch for "Bicycle Industry") was founded by a number of bicycle manufacturers. The first bicycle trade show of the RI was held in 1895 at the Paleis voor Volksvlijt ("Palace of Industry") building in Amsterdam. In 1900 the RI changed its name to RAI (Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie), because many of its members had started manufacturing automobiles in addition to bicycles.

In 1922 the RAI occupied an exhibition hall of its own on the Ferdinand Bolstraat in Amsterdam. This building, the "old RAI", was replaced by the current building complex on Europaplein square, which was opened by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands on February 2, 1961. The RAI trade association still owns 75% of the complex, with the remainder in the hands of the municipality of Amsterdam.

The RAI completed construction of a 47 metres tall expansion named Elicium in 2009, serving as Europe’s largest conference center.[1]


The c,mm,n 1.0, an electrically powered car which made its debut at the AutoRAI automobile trade show in 2007

Trade shows and other events held annually at the RAI include:

In addition, the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest was held at the RAI.


Part of the film Trafic (1971) by Jacques Tati were shot at the RAI during the 1970 car show.


  1. ^ "Our heritage – the RAI Story". Archived from the original on 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2011-10-16.

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Preceded by
Teatro Real
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Gaiety Theatre